Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is the library eliminating fines?
A: TRPLD’s mission is to make library materials and resources accessible to as many people as possible. By eliminating fines, TRPLD is removing one barrier to expand access to services for our communities. TRPLD looks forward to welcoming back people whose cards had been blocked by overdue fees including kids and teens.
Click here to read the ALA’s official statement regarding fines.
Q: Doesn’t this mean that people will borrow items and never return them?
A: Other libraries that have gone fine-free have found that this is not the case. In fact, sometimes formerly active library users stop using the library when faced with a fine they cannot pay or feel too embarrassed about owing fines to come back to the library.
Q: Will existing fines be waived for non-TRPLD cardholders?
A: Unfortunately, we can only waive fines for TRPLD cardholders for our materials. However, many libraries have made the decision recently to go fine-free. Check with your local library on their recent policy changes.
Q: Doesn’t the library need the income from fines and fees to operate?
A: Although fines and fees are incorporated into the library’s operating budget, they account for a very, very small amount and they are never a guarantee. By not collecting fines, library staff time can be redirected to support other library services.
Q: Will TRPLD Cardholders still have to pay for lost or damaged books?
A: Yes. The library will charge cardholders for books that are returned damaged or overdue for more than 90 days.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a staff member or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.