The Livingston Parish Library implemented a new policy to eliminate overdue library fines and remove outstanding debt for all its patrons.
LPL is the first public library system in the state to create such a program, and it has eliminated fines on all teen and youth accounts since 2018, according to LPL Public Relations Manager Jeremy Travis.
The idea behind the program is that, when patrons face less fines, they’re more likely to utilize other library resources, since there are less barriers.
“When patrons borrow items from the Library and they become overdue, those who cannot afford the fine would avoid coming back to the Library,” Livingston Parish Library Director Giovanni Tairov said. “More often, they would end up keeping the borrowed items and never return them. When this happens, the Library suffers on three levels. The Library doesn’t end up collecting the overdue fine, we lose the borrowed item from our collection, plus we lose a community member from visiting the Library again.”
LPL will send notices to patrons when their borrowed items near their due dates, but no fines will be issued. Items not returned within 45 days of their due date will be considered lost, so the patron’s account will be charged for the full cost of the item. This charge will be reversed once items are returned.
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