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No-fine experiment at libraries has been a failure, report suggests

“Get ready for the return of late fines at Windsor Public Library, following the release of a report Friday that says a “bold” 21-month no-fine experiment was an abject failure. The pilot project was approved two years ago at the urging of disgraced former CEO Barry Holmes, who wanted WPL to become the first large urban library in Ontario to not charge fines for overdue materials, says the report that’s up for discussion at the library board’s meeting on Tuesday. The report’s findings sound the death knell for the no-fine experiment, library board chairman Peter Frise confirmed Friday.” (via Windsor Star)

One Response to “No-fine experiment at libraries has been a failure, report suggests”

  1. J. van Beijnen
    October 7, 2013 at 3:35 am #

    A similar experiment in the Netherlands has been called a succes: (sorry in Dutch only, but Google translate should do the trick).
    But i guess this was in a library which was financially a bit less dependent on fines as a source of income, then some other libraries are.

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