St. Joe County Public Library is going fine-free!
As of January 1, 2022, the St. Joe County Public Library is fine-free! This means that you will no longer be charged a late fee when you return a book past its due date. We are also no longer charging rental fees for DVDs.
In addition, the Library is removing all preexisting late fines for all library accounts – so that everyone gets a fresh start!
As a welcoming place for all, our goal is to increase access and eliminate financial barriers that keep community members from using the library.
We are making this change because it is the right thing to do for our community. Fines often have a bigger impact on the people who can least afford them. We want to make it as easy as possible to use the valuable resources we offer the community.
How does it work?
You will be able to check out materials just like you have in the past. Many items, including books and DVDs, will renew once automatically if you are a resident card holder, so don’t worry if you need to keep your item for longer. You can also renew items manually if you need them for even more time. Items will still have a due date and you will receive reminders about overdue materials, however you won’t be charged any late fines as long as you return the materials to the Library!
If an item is not returned within the renewal window, you may be charged a replacement fee. Your card will be inactive until the item is returned, but all you need to do is return that item and you will be back on track.
Have questions about these changes? Please reach out to us by email or by phone at 574-282-4646.
Why go fine-free?
Going fine-free has the potential to make a big difference for so many people in our community. Nearly 100,000 individuals have a St. Joe County Public Library card, and fifty-one percent of them have at least one charge on their account. As a welcoming place for all, our goal is to increase access and eliminate financial barriers that keep community members from using the library. Eliminating late fees is the right thing to do to increase access in our community.
51% of library card holders have at least
one charge on their account.
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