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Eugene Library to eliminate late fines on children's, teen books

The Eugene Public Library is throwing out late fines for some books starting Jan. 1.

Posted: Nov 4, 2019 5:48 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The Eugene Public Library is throwing out late fines for some books starting Jan. 1.

This applies to children's and teen books. The library adopted the new policy in hopes of breaking down barriers and allowing more access to books, especially for people in lower socio-economic classes.

If you check out a book in the children's or teen category, you won't accrue any fines.

However, if your book is more than 30 days late, it will be marked as "lost" and the price of the book will be charged to your account.

"I think we'll continue to look for a different way to be able to give folks better access to our materials. I think it's more important that we find ways to reduce those barriers and allow everyone to use our materials and benefit from us," Library Services Director Will O'Hearn said.

They're following a model that's worked well in other cities like Portland and Washington, D.C.

The policy will be retroactive so any fines accrued on children's or teen books in the past will also be wiped clean.

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