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Fine revenue accounts for less than 0.5% of the library’s total budget, and due to increased digital usage, more built-in reminders, and more patron-friendly policies, that number was only going to go down.
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Research shows that overdue fines are not effective in encouraging the return of library materials. Instead, fines can quickly become a barrier to using the library. Our hope is that by going fine-free we will encourage prior users to come back to the library and attract new users to experience everything our library has to offer.
“Fine free” means that there will be no late charges on most materials (due to a limited supply and a time-sensitive nature, late charges will still be charged on Museum Passes, Rapid Reads, Express DVDs, and Technology Equipment) checked out at either branch of the Granby Public Library. We want to ensure that all citizens of our town have access to our resources in the most equitable way possible.
Overdue fines on Granby items were wiped clean for a fresh start beginning in July 2021. You are still expected to return all overdue items that are on your card or pay the replacement cost for the item(s).
You are still responsible for paying overdue fines to other libraries that charge them. All items borrowed from other libraries are subject to the policies of the lending library. If you check out or renew items while visiting another library, you could still be charged fines based on that library’s fine policy.
“No fines” does not mean “no responsibility”. If your item is overdue for more than 3 weeks, then the item will be assumed lost and you will be charged the full replacement cost of the item. Your card privileges may be suspended until you return the item or pay the replacement cost.
Every item checked out will still have a due date. Please remember that someone else may be waiting for an item, so bring it back on time.
You will still receive courtesy notices to remind you to return your materials so that others may enjoy them.
We regularly run reports to let us know what the most popular titles are so that we can purchase additional copies. Additionally, items with holds may not be renewed.
If items are not returned by their due date, they will be considered overdue. If items are overdue by 21 days, patrons will be charged for the replacement cost of the item plus a processing fee. Our fine-free policy applies only to overdue items. Fees for damaged or lost items will still be charged to cardholder accounts.
As long as you haven't already paid for it, please do! The point is for the Library to have a complete collection all of us can share. No overdue fees will be charged for the item as long as we get the item back and in good condition.
Yes! Visit the End Library Fines website to see globally how many libraries have adopted fine-free policies.
Absolutely! Donations can be made at the circulation desks. You can also support the Library by donating to the Granby Library Association or becoming a member of the Friends of Granby Public Library or the Friends of Cossitt Library.