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No more overdue fines for Hastings Public Library

The Hastings Public Library is following the example of libraries around the country of...
The Hastings Public Library is following the example of libraries around the country of eliminating fines.(KASEY MINTZ, KSNB)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 10:58 PM CST
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - The Hastings Public Library is following the example of libraries around the country of eliminating fines.

The move comes as an opportunity to help get rid of all barriers to people using the services HPL provides.

They made the decision is based off research from the American Library Association that showed having no fines helped encourage people to use library services.

Audra Espinoza says the money the library will lose from fees will not effect their bottom line.

“So it was technically part of our budget that we could project a certain amount of fines and fees collected but it usually just a deterrent to help people bring back our materials in a timely manner,” Espinoza said.

The policy officially starts on Tuesday, December 21. If library patrons lose any materials they will still be responsible for fines related to that.

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