The Los Angeles County Library has declared the month of May as “Fine Forgiveness Month.”
Subsequently, the permanent elimination of Library processing fee will also commence during the same month.
The new initiative were approved by the LA County Board of Supervisors on April 18, 2017. It also seeks to improve access to county libraries.
“LA County Library continuously evaluates its programs and services to ensure that they align with patron needs. It has become clear that there are some library policies that impede access to the vital resources and services provided, including the accumulation of late fees and processing fees,” says LA Country Library in a press statement.
The one-month amnesty period (May 1 to 31, 2017) will allow library patron to return overdue materials without paying fees or accumulated fines.
LA County Library also implemented a fine forgiveness program in 2008 and resulted in the return of over 100,000 materials.
The goodwill in allowed patrons to return and access library services again.
All materials may be returned with the exception of damaged or un-useable items. Additionally, there will be no reimbursement for previously paid fines/fees.
“The LA County Library will also be permanently eliminating its $10 processing fee, which was previously charged to patrons for every lost item in addition to the cost of the item. The fee was intended to recoup library costs associated with re-ordering materials. With the removal of this fee, library customers with lost items will now only be held responsible for the cost of the item itself, to ensure that the library collection is replenished,” the LA County Library said in a statement.