The Library is going FINE FREE in 2019

We get it: sometimes it’s hard to return materials to the library. Schedules change; work calls; it snows. In short, life gets in the way. But being fined for late returns can be frustrating enough to make people not want to borrow again from the library. We want people to access our materials, so we set out to change the way we do business and we think you’ll be pleased.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2019, the Meigs County - Decatur Public Library will discontinue charging overdue fine penalties for late returns. We’re even zeroing out most customers’ existing overdue balances so they can start fresh. That means that when life gets in the way and you return items a few days late, you can do so without worrying about overdue fines. Even if you have an overdue item that prevents you from checking more items out, just return the book and you will be back to borrowing!

Why the change? Libraries are about providing access, and going fine free is one more way we’re increasing access to our collections and services. Going fine free is a growing trend in American libraries, resulting in increased visits and circulation.That’s music to a librarian’s ears.

The Meigs County - Decatur Public Library believes in free and equal access for all. That includes free access to books, movies, audiobooks and everything else you can check out with your library card. Access has a dividend for Meigs County - we all benefit from a curious and engaged community. Increasing library use and increasing material circulation is a win-win for all.

Eliminating overdue fines is paramount to providing equitable access for all customers.Too often, fines penalize the most vulnerable families and individuals who can least afford them; we want to reverse this trend and get community members back into our buildings to use materials and enhance their quality of life and education.

So how do materials get returned?

Customers should make a habit of always returning items on or before the due date. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s how libraries work. To give an extra push, customer accounts are blocked from further checkout when one or more items reach 14 days overdue. There is still a consequence for not returning an item on time, but it will not be in the form of overdue fines. Your account will be unblocked if you just get those overdue items back ASAP.

We can’t wait to see some smiling faces we haven’t seen in a while!

Library Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees is the governing body appointed by the Meigs County Commission to oversee the running of our library. Meetings are open to the public.


Upcoming Meetings:

January 15th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
March 19th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
May 21st, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
July 16th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
September 17th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.
November 19th, 2019 @ 5:30 p.m.

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