Free Library Updates Library Card and Fine Policies

By Michelle S. Mon, July 15, 2013

Beginning on Tuesday, July 16, the Free Library will be implementing a variety of changes to its cardholder and fine policies. Children under 12 years old will no longer be charged late fees for overdue materials—though they will still be responsible for returning all items before checking out more. Children will also be able to check out a total of 20 items and renew their materials up to 10 times, an increase over the previous limit of three renewals. In addition to these improvements for young library-goers, the Free Library is standardizing its late fees on all adult and teen materials to 25 cents per item, per day. Adult and teen readers will also be able to enjoy the increased renewal rate of 10 times per item.

In addition, several other library card changes will also go into effect on Tuesday. All Pennsylvania residents will now be able to obtain a library card free of charge, and the fee for an out-of-state card will increase from $35 to $50. Also, veterans, members of the military, and senior citizens who do not otherwise qualify for a free card will no longer be eligible for one.


My daughter who is now 14, said she has a 50 fine. How can we get this to a reasonable rate that she will be able to pay? Also the books , we believe , were checked out over 2 years ago when she was 12. Please advise
Erin Sowell - Philadelphia Wed, September 28, 2016
After my temporary library card expires, can I renew? I use for e-books.
Anna Mae Hall - Irwi, Pennsylvania Fri, March 03, 2017
Per the computer printout I owe $21. But most all the charges come from books returned 1 day late. I was charged $1 for each day,not 25 cents as listed on the website. How can this issue please be resolved?
Ilene dickerman - Mt. Airy Sat, December 16, 2017
I want to pay my overdue fine but I can't find a link ??????????? please advise.
b torode - Philadelphia Fri, January 05, 2018
I'm very upset that my children's books all received late fees because they were taken out on my card. Could the librarIan have taken one half minute to explain this to me? She was not in the least bit busy, just standing there waiting for us to check out. My kids were standing there with me, and she had to scan my card that was on a key chain with theirs. I didn't know this was the policy. I guess maybe she is told not to let people know so the library can collect revenue???
Regina Wojtkielewicz - Welsh rd. Mon, January 29, 2018
Hi Regina, please send an email through the following link with your issue and Free Library staff will be able to assist you
Web Admin - Philadelphia Tue, January 30, 2018
I am wondering why books cannot be renewed online when one is overdue. It is very frustrating and causes the books to be further overdue
John - PHILADELPHIA Mon, August 06, 2018
It's great that there is much more flexibility for borrowers. I found this page because I was looking into whether Philly had a program like Seattle's Fresh Start program, where people can donate to help get teens' fines paid. Is this something in place in some form or has the FLP considered this program?
Judith Dawkins - PHILADELPHIA Fri, August 24, 2018
Book renewal
Irene choice - Philadelphia Tue, September 18, 2018
i am unceratin of how much i have to pay for the charges or if i have any?
Andrew C Sultan - Philadelphia Thu, November 29, 2018
My books are due tomorrow. Came online to renew, but one was not renewable. Tried several times. Why? Will the late fee still be .25 daily, or will it be more?
C Henry - Philadelphia Sun, December 23, 2018

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