PPLD Goes Fine Free

Overdue books? Fear not. Pikes Peak Library District will no longer charge you for being a little bit late on your returns.

The library will officially eliminate overdue fines Fri., Feb. 1, just in time for a county-wide celebration of Library Lover’s Month. Patrons will no longer be financially penalized for books that are late in returning to the library.

“Our mission as an organization is to eliminate barriers to information and resources, not create them,” said Director of Library Services Tim Blevins. “We had a trial run of eliminating overdue fines and didn’t see longer hold times for patrons, but did see a positive impact on borrowing. It makes perfect sense for us to permanently eliminate these fines.”

Fines, Blevins says, are particularly prohibitive for the community’s most vulnerable families. Plus, overdue fines accounted for less than one percent of the library’s overall revenue in 2017.

There will still be fees assessed for lost or damaged materials. Materials are considered lost if they are 21 days overdue.

Additionally, Pikes Peak Library District will roll out automatic renewals later on in Library Lover’s Month. The day before books are due, the library’s system will automatically renew them up to two times, so long as no other patron placed a hold on the material.

There are some exceptions to the materials that can be automatically renewed, like rapid reads, e-materials, and equipment checkouts.

“What we’ve seen here, and in library facilities across the country, is that by taking these steps to increase ease of access to materials, use of library resources and checkouts is positively impacted,” Blevins said. “We’re here to help people access the resources they need to achieve their goals. This is just one more way for us to do a better job of achieving that mission.”

Comments

I think that your new policy is a good thing. In this day and age we have so much to do and so many duties. It is sometimes hard to get to our books. I have always loved to read and I prefer real books to other alternative methods. Thank you.

I always appreciated your three-day grace period.
I was surprised by the automatic renewal I got earlier this week, what a surprise! Thank you.
Also, thank you for taking the time to analyze how fines affected the overall budget and why you decided to cancel them altogether. I believe that getting people into the library and using material is so important. I actually have a PPLD library card required for all students in my school.

I am glad you don't charge for overdue books anymore, I live far away and I have Gout! I cannot travel much as I don't have a drivers license. Please get the DMV drivers test to go online easier than it is now. I would appreciate this as a regular patron of the PPLD main downtown library. Thanks!!

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