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No Fooling, No Fines

The Redford Township District Library goes fine free.

We get it: sometimes it’s hard to return materials to the library. Schedules change; work calls; it snows. In short, life gets in the way. Beginning April 1, 2019, the Redford Township Library will discontinue charging overdue fine penalties for late returns. We’re even zeroing out existing overdue fines so that all patrons have a fresh start. That means that when life gets in the way and you return items a few days late, you can do so without worrying about overdue fines.

Why the change?

Libraries are about providing equal access to information, services, and opportunities that inspire, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all. Too often, fines penalize the most vulnerable families and individuals who can least afford them; we want to reverse this trend and get community members back to the library to use materials and enhance their quality of life and education.

Fine Free Q & A

What’s the difference between fines and fees?

Fines are a daily penalty assessed for late return of library items. This is going away.

Fees are replacement charges assessed for true material loss for unreturned or damaged items and may include fees resulting from collection referral. Fees are still included as part of our return policy.

How will the Library get people to return borrowed materials?

Patrons should make a habit of always returning items on or before the due date. It’s not just the right thing to do, it is how libraries work.  If an item is kept 21 days after it’s due, the patron will be billed for the item.  If the item is not paid for or returned the account will be referred to a collection agency and a non-negotiable $15 fee is assessed to cover costs we incur pursuing collection action.

Fines have been waived, so why does my account still have a balance?

While Redford Township District Library is doing away with overdue fines, fees for lost or damaged materials remain.

How is the Library budget affected by the loss of fine income?

Overdue fines make up around 1% of the Library’s annual budget.  Savings from our LED lighting conversion in 2018 has allowed us to make this change without any impact on our budget or decrease in services.

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