Worthington Libraries to eliminate overdue fines

Posted: Tuesday, September 27, 2016, 2:30 pm

As of October 1, Worthington Libraries will no longer charge fines for overdue materials.

Library director Chuck Gibson explains the reason for the policy change:

"Many people believe fines make up a large portion of the library's annual revenue, but that is not the case. Eliminating the collection of fines will not have a significant impact on the library's budget, but it will lessen the financial burden on library patrons, especially those who need our services the most. That is why the library board unanimously voted to make this change at its August meeting."

Additional details:

  • Fines will be waived on overdue materials checked out on or after October 1. Fines accrued before this date will still be collected.
  • Fees will still be charged for lost or damaged items.
  • If an item is more than 35 days past due, the patron will be billed for the item and his or her account will be turned over to a collection agency.
  • Fine-free status applies only to items checked out at a Worthington Libraries location (Old Worthington Library, Northwest Library and Worthington Park Library), even if reserved from another library system.

Patrons can check the status of their account by visiting My Account or calling 614-807-2626.

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