Library Bringing Back Late Fees After Losing Almost $200,000

Wednesday October 9th, 2013

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The Windsor Public Library is bringing back late fees and fines after losing nearly $200,000 during a fine-free trial.

Late fees and fines will apply to library users effective November 15th, thus ending the trial fine free period which had existed since January 2012.

In January 2012, the Library eliminated the charging of overdue fines on a trial basis and later abolished fees to rent library facilities.

The Library says currently, when customers have even one item overdue, their accounts are immediately blocked and they cannot use any of the library’s many online databases, check out materials or enjoy other library services. After November 15th, customers will have to accumulate $20 in fines before their accounts are blocked.

“New, fresh and current materials are what customers expect and without continued customer use, the library would quickly become irrelevant. The elimination of fines and fees during 2012 and 2013 has decreased our budget by close to $200,000. Much of this would have been directed to purchase new materials,” said Acting CEO Chris Woodrow.

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