Los Angeles Mayor: L.A. Public Library Will End Late Fines

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Los Angeles Public Library - Photographer sheilaellen

All late fines will be eliminated starting in the spring of 2020

December 13, 2019, LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti announced today that the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) will end late fines for all library patrons beginning next spring — making LAPL the largest public library in America to eliminate overdue fines.

Historically, fines for overdue materials have disproportionately impacted families and individuals with limited resources, and these penalties are often a deterrent to library access. Making LAPL fine-free removes that barrier — and will encourage library use and is expected to increase the number of library cardholders.

Fines for overdue materials will end in Spring 2020. Charges for overdue materials incurred before the new policy takes effect will also be eliminated. Going fine-free will also eliminate the $10.00 non-refundable service fine for lost items, and will also increase the number of times materials can be renewed from two to three — unless the specific item is requested by another patron.

The replacement costs for materials that are more than 45 days overdue from the last renewal, also known as lost fees, will not be impacted by the new policy. Library patrons are still responsible for paying for any damaged materials.

These changes are not expected to impact LAPL’s budget, as revenue from fines has steadily decreased over the past six years and today accounts for less than 1% of the Library’s operating budget.

Today’s announcement follows a unanimous vote of the Board of Library Commissioners, who are appointed by Mayor Garcetti.

Content retrieved from: https://www.lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-la-public-library-will-end-late-fines


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