Superior Public Library no longer charging late fees for overdue items

Superior Public Library no longer charging late fees for overdue items

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 07, 2021 11:02 AM
Created: January 07, 2021 10:29 AM

The Superior Public Library and its branches will no longer charge late fees for overdue items.

At this time, existing fines for Superior patrons on Superior-owned items have been waived.

"Library staff knows that the vast majority of patrons are respectful of each other and return materials promptly so that everyone may enjoy them. We don’t think that will change,” said Sue Heskin, Library Director. "Studies show that libraries that have eliminated overdue fines experience the same rates of return as libraries that do charge fines. We don’t want to penalize busy families but encourage them to make the library an important part of their active lives.”

However, lost or damaged items and overdue materials from other libraries will still incur fines and replacement costs. After being overdue for 28 days, items are assumed lost and the account will be billed for the replacement costs.

If bills for lost items are not resolved within 30 days, the account may be sent to collections. Accounts sent to collections will incur a $10 referral fee that is not waived.

For more information about the new “fines free” policy, go to the library’s website.

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