GPL is fine-free! In keeping with our mission to provide equal access to information, eliminating past due fines removes a substantial barrier for some patrons while making the Library more convenient for everyone. We are so pleased to be able to provide this improvement to your library experience.
Effective December 1, 2021, the Library will no longer charge fines for overdue items, and all past due fines will be forgiven.
Why is GPL eliminating overdue fines?
In keeping with our mission to provide equal access to information, eliminating past due fines removes a substantial barrier for some patrons while making the Library more convenient for everyone. We are so pleased to be able to provide this improvement to your library experience.
What if I have overdue fines on my account?
Starting December 1, 2021, we will be removing existing overdue fines when you visit in person or call us over the phone.
Do items still have due dates?
Yes, due dates will still apply to checked-out items. The catalog will automatically renew, up to two times, any items that are eligible for renewal and are not reserved for a fellow patron.
What happens now when items are overdue?
Three days before an item is due a reminder notice is sent (email only).
If the item is not returned by the due date, up to three overdue notices are sent to the patron:
i. 3 days overdue
ii. 15 days overdue
iii. 28 days overdue(Your account is blocked. Once the item is returned, the block will be removed.)
After 45 days past the due date a billing notice is sent.
After 66 days past the due date your account may be sent to collections and charged a $10 fee.
Without fines, how can the Library be sure materials will get returned?
Most people want to return their items on time, but sometimes that isn’t possible. Our objective is to get materials back, so they are available for someone else to check out. Therefore, everyone receives a reminder when items are overdue.
What happens when items are lost or damaged?
Lost or damaged items will result in a fee charged for the item.