Starting February 1, the McPherson Public Library ceased charging fines for overdue children's materials. Patrons must return overdue items before they can check out other items, and the library will continue charging for costs associated with damaged or lost items.
Patrons are responsible for paying library fines which have already accrued on children's materials checked out before February 1. The new fine policy does not include items checked out from the teen collection. The library will continue sending out overdue reminders and encourages patrons to return their children's materials on time.
Jennifer McCulley, Youth Services Coordinator, is excited about the new policy. “While we still expect our books to be returned on time, we understand that this may not always be possible. Late fines have occasionally been an obstacle for those unable to pay them and we are glad to see them go," she commented. "We hope we will see more families coming in to check out books for their children without worrying about the charges should they be a few days late getting items back to us.”
The new fine policy, approved by the Library Board of Trustees in January, replaces the existing policy of 5 cents per item per day, which was instituted in 1974.
For additional information call the library at 245-2570 or email them at [email protected]