Los Angeles (CBSLA) – Book friends, rejoice! Late fines have been removed from LA County Libraries.
Los Angeles County’s board of directors on Tuesday approved a motion by supervisor Janice Hahn to immediately abolish late fines from the county’s 86 branches.
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“Late fines for libraries do more harm than good,” Hahn said in a statement. “They make up less than 1% of the library’s revenue and can discourage people from using the library’s services.”
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All fines and fees for overdue books and other library materials are waived with immediate effect. Fines for overdue library supplies were originally introduced as a source of income, but they represent a tiny percentage of the library’s revenue and the staffing costs associated with collecting late fees exceed fees collected over the past two fiscal years.
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LA County is just the latest major library system to be moved to a no-fined model. In recent years, libraries in the cities of Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, Chicago, and Denver have also adopted a fine-free model – and a press release from Hahn’s office said research shows such guidelines are increasing at a 200% rate the library books and other materials are returned.