LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – Capital Region District Libraries (CADL) will now join a growing list of libraries across the state that have waived late fees. The change means that daily fines will no longer be charged for overdue items.
“As overdue fines create a financial barrier for many people in our communities, their elimination will allow more open access to more people. We hope this will encourage former users to revisit the library, while also attracting new users, ”said ACDL Executive Director Scott Duimstra.
Loaned material will still need to be returned on its due date, but if an item is 10 days late, the account will be blocked for further payment, renewal and blocking until the item is returned. The new system is designed to encourage people to return documents in a timely manner without discouraging people who might not be able to pay a fine.
It is not impossible to incur charges from the library: if an item is overdue by more than 30 days, a replacement cost plus a $ 5 handling fee will be charged to the account. All overdue fines were removed in June 2021, although there are separate fines for lost or damaged items, and these will still be charged.
Residents who have questions about their library accounts should contact one of the 13 District Library branches in the Capital Region.
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