Libraries on the book case for overdue fines

Boston Herald – “The value of the materials is fairly high. We need to replace them,” said Martha Holden, director of the Peabody Institute Library, which has sent the law after a trio of overdue culprits. The Peabody library filed criminal complaints against 19-year-old Alyssa Toste and 23-year-old Jeramie Crane on Dec. 15. Despite repeated notices, both Toste and Crane failed to return more than $500 worth of overdue books, DVDs, music CDs, books on tape and other items, Holden said.”

One Response to “Libraries on the book case for overdue fines”

  1. Auntie Nanuuq
    December 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    Good for the Library…we lose so much money (via late fees) and materials due to theft, non-returns and duplicate records…that if we were a for-profit business, we’d have gone belly-up decades ago.

    The confusing thing is…for the life of me I can still not comprehend why people think it’s justified to rip-off the library, after all it’s mostly free!

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