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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)

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Library, New Bedford officials mum as dead men rack up late fees

“William M. Flynn has checked out nearly 135 books, mostly mysteries, from the city library system since 2009, racking up $2,929.61 in late fines. Trouble is, Flynn has been dead since January 2007. “My concern was that there’s someone working there who renewed his card,” said one of Flynn’s relatives, who declined to be named. The library cards of at least two deceased city men were apparently renewed after their deaths and used to check out books that never were returned in a matter that apparently involves a city employee — although officials declined to say who or how.” (via SouthCoastToday.com)

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Responsible borrowing is part of library’s lesson

“Everyday life experiences can teach children lessons – even hard lessons. Unfortunately, the Free Library of Philadelphia is giving up an opportunity to teach its younger patrons a lesson about responsibility. Beginning July 1, the library plans to stop fining children who fail to return books on time. Well-meaning librarians in neighborhood branches recommended eliminating the fines to avoid cutting off poor youngsters seeking library services. Some believe the children are returning books late for reasons beyond their control.”(via Philadelphia Inquirer)

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Children’s Library Fee Bill Defeated

“A Council committee defeated a bill Wednesday that would have thwarted the Free Library of Philadelphia’s plan to eliminate late fees for children – a move recommended by librarians to prevent cutting off poor children from library services. Councilman David Oh, the primary sponsor, said about $70,000 of the $400,000 in late fees collected last year came from children’s books and material. He said individual librarians have the freedom to forgive late fees if they believe families cannot afford to pay – although a librarian who later testified disputed that she had that power.” (via Philly.com)

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eBooks eliminate library fines, losses

Houston Chronicle – “An alternative way of checking out books at Fort Bend County Libraries has an unexpected economic advantage. By offering downloadable books for eReaders through its digital collection OverDrive, the library system may ease financial losses from unreturned materials. Forget about the last-minute trudge to the library; eBooks simply expire after a one- or two-week checkout period. Digital books also free forgetful patrons from late fees. So far, the system hasn’t examined if the eBook option saves money. But it does take away the risk, said Joyce Kennerly, spokeswoman for the library system.”

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