EBRPL Closes the Book on Fines

All locations of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library no longer collect fines for overdue items. Children’s materials and items checked out by senior citizens were already fine free, but as of August 1, EBRPL reduced barriers for teens and adults that need the Library’s resources whenever and wherever they are. In addition, amnesty is now available for patrons who have outstanding items. Whether the items are 5 days or 50 years overdue, bring them back and your current fines will be waived. Former Interim Library Director Kristen Edson explains, “We are joining many peer libraries across the country to further our commitment to providing access for all and being a place that inspires lifelong learning and personal economic advancement. Our new fine free policy supports the Library’s Mission to ‘provide access and connect people to information,
resources, materials, technology, and experience to make a positive difference in their lives.’” The Library will continue to set return dates for materials and send
reminders for items not checked back in or renewed by those dates. Patrons
will still be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items. For more information on our fine free policy, please visit ebrpl.co/finefree or call (225) 231-3740.

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