"In addition to fines being ineffectual at preventing late returns, as a financially punitive action, fines go against our morals as a public library," said Circulation Librarian, Cody Coble.
Addressing concerns about items not being returned, Jeanna Hann, Adult Department Manager said that, "Research and lots of recent experience from libraries that have gone fine-free shows that overdue fines do not affect how fast people bring back books; return rates are THE SAME before and after libraries go fine-free. And some libraries get MORE materials back after going fine-free."
Those with existing late fines on their account will have their accounts cleared.
“Through eliminating fines, the library is striving to improve equity of access by removing financial barriers to library and information services for the community. Fines are often a roadblock to those in the community who can most greatly benefit from the library’s resources and services,” says Diane Randall, Library Director.
The mission of the North Manchester Public Library is to provide materials, programs, and services necessary to meet the recreational and educational needs of the community in an easily-accessible facility, which is a community center of activity and information.