The Fargo Public Library has eliminated overdue fines for all children’s materials starting today, Monday, July 2, 2018. This change increases access to books and materials for children and makes it easier for children to continue to check out books and read.
For many, overdue fines and late fees are a barrier that stops children and families from accessing and benefiting from the resources the Fargo Public Library offers. With this initiative, the library hopes to increase access to books and reading, boost literacy and remove barriers for all children in Fargo.
“The Fargo Public Library is excited to reduce barriers for young readers by removing overdue fines on children’s items,” states Library Director Tim Dirks. “The library’s strategic plan has identified the reduction of barriers to library services as a major goal for the organization and we look forward to further changes to accomplish this goal.”
Research shows that materials are generally returned on time and the lack of fines does encourage youngsters to check out more books. The library will continue to charge patrons fees for lost, missing or damaged items.