FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Library officials in Allen County say they are trying to get back as many overdue items into their inventory as they can with a new event.
The Allen County Public Library says it hopes to recover overdue materials while also reducing barriers to using the library’s resources.
Allen County Public Library
Starting Wednesday, library cardholders who return overdue materials will have all associated fines and fees removed from their library accounts.
Officials say this applies even in those instances in which the items are damaged or there are missing pieces.
“Our hope is that a lot of people spent the past several months ‘hunkered down’ cleaning out closets, basements, and under beds. Our guess is that more than a few stumbled across library materials they thought had been lost or returned. This is their chance to bring back those items and have fees removed from their library accounts,” said ACPL Director of Community Engagement Stephanny Smith.
Smith says for borrowers with "long overdue materials", those items are considered "lost."
Those borrowers are charged the replacement fee and a $5 processing fee for each item lost, damaged or returned incomplete.
Current library policy states that individuals whose fines exceed $15 will not be able to borrow physical materials.
ACPL says one goal of the fine forgiveness event is that by returning overdue materials, many cardholders’ account balances will fall below the $15 fine limit.
“As an organization, we are very aware of how much this community values and depends upon the library. That is why we have taken a series of steps to reduce barriers and allow more people to access our resources, both physical and digital,” Smith said.
In May 2020 ACPL’s board of trustees voted in favor of allowing those who had exceeded the fines limit of $15 to have access to the library’s electronic resources, such as e-books and audible books.
The fine forgiveness event will run until Oct. 1.
Overdue items can be returned to any ACPL location.
For more information contact ACPL at (260) 421-1200 or email Ask@acpl.info.