Denton Public Library (DPL) will stop charging late returns on October 1st, 2019 because they noticed that patrons were not benefitting from them. DPL want to encourage easy, free access to people who need it, and fines on late returns were a barrier for patrons.
Jennifer Bekker is the Director of Libraries, and she said, “We couldn’t be happier to break down this barrier for our patrons. We’ve seen overdue fines prevent patrons from checking out items or limit the number of items they check out. By getting rid of overdue fines, we are making our patrons our priority.”
This Policy will also remove any previous fines that were placed on patrons; however, there will be consequences for unreturned items. Ryan Adams says that “patrons who have kept items past their assigned due date will be blocked from checking out additional materials, placing holds, renewing items, or accessing some digital or online resources until all outstanding materials have been returned”.
As long as items are returned to the DPL, no charges will be due.