Overdue Library Books? It’s Fine (Free)
no fine print and almost no fines at the Chippewa Falls Public Library
The Chippewa Falls Public Library has closed the book on fines, starting a new chapter for the library.
“Equitable access to resources is key to the library’s mission,” the library’s website stated. “We want to invite back those who have been denied that access.”
The revision, which took effect on June 1, waived existing and future fines. Excluding charges for lost or damaged items and fines from other libraries, almost all materials offered at the CFPL are now fine-free, with a few exceptions such as electronics and equipment kits. (The policy change is part of a broader trend: The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire went fine-free in 2019.)
Most fines may be gone for good, but the library is hoping their materials won’t be. Guests are still responsible for returning items and will be billed for missing, lost, or damaged materials after three weeks. Once items are returned, the bill will be forgiven.
According to the library, its main focus has always been providing the best possible service to the community. This change is a further commitment to that, ensuring equity in education.
In addition to turning the page on fines, the library is offering free replacement cards throughout June with proof of ID.
These changes are made to help readers of all genres and walks of life feel welcome at the Chippewa Falls Public Library. Finally.