Guess what, Philadelphia? We have great news!
Today, the Free Library of Philadelphia Board of Trustees voted to approve a measure that will eliminate most overdue fines throughout the Free Library system! The effective date is yet to be determined, but we encourage you to check back here on our blog and social media sites for updates!
"We are delighted to be able to join many libraries across the country in removing overdue materials fines as a barrier for customers," said Board of Trustees Chair Pamela Dembe. "We look forward to welcoming back many customers and long-missing materials in the near future. I want to thank Councilmember Cherelle Parker and Mayor Jim Kenney for extending their support for this measure and welcome them as partners as we become one of the largest library systems in the country to eliminate this penalty."
The policy approved by the Board of Trustees states:
“Effective at a date to be determined: The Free Library of Philadelphia does not charge fines for most overdue materials. There are fees for items that are lost or destroyed. The fees are the cost of the item, as listed in the catalog. The Library also accepts new or gently used copies of lost or destroyed material as replacement in lieu of payment. If lost materials are returned or replaced, there is no penalty. The language of this policy supersedes that of existing policies.”
The Free Library of Philadelphia will remain under the current fine policy until training for staff and technical and logistical implementation can be completed.