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Contacts: Stephanie Ralph, Library Director, (970) 668 4282, Haley Littleton, President of Board of Trustees, 864-704-0380
SUMMIT COUNTY -- The Summit County Libraries will eliminate barriers to library use by removing library fines. SCL will join libraries across the country in this movement aimed at making libraries more inclusive and welcoming. Libraries are learning that removing fines increases access for those who most benefit from using library resources and services. The library sees this as the continuation of its mission to give everyone in our community a welcoming environment and opportunities to search, connect and enjoy lifelong learning and its vision of an empowered Summit County community.
“It is our goal to provide more equitable access to resources in our community and we hope that these changes will help encourage increased use of the Library system and reduce financial burden on our community,” said Commissioner Tamara Pogue.
The Summit County Library has come to this decision for several reasons.
There will still be a two-week checkout policy and items must be returned or renewed by the due date. If an item has not been returned or renewed 30 days after the due date, the patron is sent a billing notice with a replacement fee. The patron’s library account will then be blocked from accessing library services until that item is returned or paid for. If the item is returned, the replacement fee is waived from the account and the card is unblocked. If residents have library items at home that they have not returned-even if they are several years overdue, they are encouraged to bring them back to the library.
“There is no need to feel embarrassed or ashamed. There will be no fees on these items as we will clear them off your record. We are just happy to have library materials back and more people in our community engaging with the library,” comments Stephanie Ralph, Summit County Library Director.
“We are proud to move forward with this new movement- going Fine-Free,” comments Haley Littleton, President of the Summit County Library Board of Trustees. “Libraries are intended to be free and for everyone. We are so excited to welcome people and to continue to remove barriers to access. The library will continue to look into other barriers that impact access to library resources and programming.”
Find more FAQs about fine-free at this Summit County Library news update.