The Granby Public Library, with support from the Granby Public Library Board, is happy to announce that the library is no longer charging overdue fees for most library materials.
We are proud to be following the practice of many libraries around the country and around the state, removing this potential barrier to library services. This change is a part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by the recommendations of the American Library Association, in an effort to increase free public access to library services and to encourage patrons to use this valuable community resource.
Studies show library fines disproportionately impact society’s most vulnerable, such as those in low-income situations and people on fixed incomes, and they often discourage library use. In addition, fines limit patron access to materials, prevent staff from focusing on patron service and support, and reinforce outdated library stereotypes. Ultimately, fines do not support the mission of libraries to provide free access to diverse ideas, materials, and experiences and to enhance the quality of life in our community.
Going “fine free” does not mean that patrons don’t have to bring items back to the library. Everything checked out will still have a due date, and materials will still need to be returned in order to ensure all patrons have the chance to use them. Materials can be renewed if there are no holds for other patrons. If an item is not returned in a timely manner, or is returned damaged, patrons will still be charged for their replacement. A few items, generally those with limited quantities or time-constraints, such as “Rapid Reads,” museum passes, and items checked out through Interlibrary Loan, will still have overdue fines associated with them.
The Granby Public Library is excited to move forward with this inclusive and welcoming model of service for our community. Join us during Library Card Month as we welcome all citizens of Granby to the library to get their (free) library card, share thousands of resources with their community, and take advantage of all of the services the library provides.