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Kearney Public Library gets rid of overdue fines

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Published: Jan. 26, 2022 at 10:41 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 26, 2022 at 11:06 AM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - The Kearney Public Library has eliminated overdue fines for all library patrons starting Wednesday, January 26.

This move ensures that the library is living up to its commitment to provide equal access to information and to promote the enjoyment of reading, culture, and the pursuit of lifelong learning.

Also, effective January 26, 2022, all outstanding overdue fines will be cleared from patron records. No exceptions, no questions. You are absolutely fine free. Any items checked out that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed once for you.

The library encourages patrons to return books in a responsible and timely fashion so others may enjoy our shared resources.

The Kearney Public Library eliminated overdue fines after it was inspired by the many other libraries that have gone fine free before them.

The elimination of overdue fines in libraries has several positive outcomes:

• Increased patron access to materials and services

• Reduction of the inequitable impact of overdue fines

• Improved patron relationships with their library

• Optimization of library staff time and increased staff efficiency

Additionally, research shows overdue fines do not ensure borrowed materials end up back on shelves.

While the Library eliminated overdue fines, library users are still responsible for fees associated with the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials they check out.

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