Late Fines End on May 9

We will stop charging late fines and clear all current late fines from accounts on May 9.

How and why was this change made?

Last year, our Board of Trustees asked staff to analyze the impact of late fines. Over six months, we gathered and reviewed relevant data. On March 29, we presented our analysis to the board.
Presentation highlights included the following findings:
  • Late fines worsen inequality and discourage library use. Individuals with low-income and limited access to transportation and technology are most impacted.
  • Late fines generate little revenue. In recent years, fines made up less than 1% of our total operating budget.
  • Totals collected continue to decrease over time. This trend correlates with patrons checking out more digital and fewer physical items. Digital titles return automatically and do not accrue late fines.
  • Collecting fines from patrons also has costs. Associated expenses include staff time, payment processing fees, printing notices, and more.
  • A majority of peer libraries have eliminated late fines.
Based on these findings, we submitted a proposal to eliminate late fines. On April 26, the Board of Trustees voted to approve the resolution.

Do these changes apply to replacement charges?

Replacement fees are different from late fines.

If library materials are more than 60 days overdue, they are considered lost.

We must continue to charge replacement fees for lost, damaged, and missing items. This is required by state law.

Where can I learn more about the changes to late fines?

How can I share feedback?

To share comments on the changes to late fines, contact the Board of Trustees. Send an email to For all other comments, questions, and suggestions, use our comment form.
Updated 5/9/2023