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Williamsburg Regional Library Eliminates Fines For Overdue Materials

WILLIAMSBURG-As of September 23, patrons of the Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) no longer have to pay fines for overdue books and other items.

WRL first eliminated fines for overdue materials during the pandemic. At its September meeting, the library’s Board of Trustees voted to permanently end overdue fines.

“Going fine-free is an important step for WRL, as it ensures that money is no longer a barrier to the community getting library materials or services,” WRL director Betsy Fowler said in a release.  “Providing equitable access is one of the library’s core values, and this decision emphasizes our commitment to access for all.”

While patrons will no longer be fined for overdue items, fees will still be charged for anything that is lost or damaged.

WRL is also implementing a new reminder service to make it easier for patrons to keep track of items they’ve checked out.  Those who’ve borrowed books and other materials from the library will receive a pre-overdue notice via email, text, or phone three days prior to when an item is overdue. Notices will also go out one day, one week, two weeks, and three weeks after an item is past due. After being overdue for 30 days, materials will be declared lost.  Any items not returned or lost fees left unpaid after 60 days will be turned over to a collection agency.

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