TRPLD items will no longer accrue fines regardless of who borrows them, except for special collections such as hotspots, Kindles, and other Tech Take-Out items.
*TRPLD Cardholders can renew overdue items if those items are eligible for renewal. If the overdue items are not eligible for renewal, patrons will need to return the items before they can borrow any additional materials.
A: TRPLD’s mission is to make library materials and resources accessible to as many people as possible. By eliminating fines, TRPLD is removing one barrier to expand access to services for our communities. TRPLD looks forward to welcoming back people whose cards had been blocked by overdue fees including kids and teens.
Click here to read the ALA’s official statement regarding fines.
A: Other libraries that have gone fine-free have found that this is not the case. In fact, sometimes formerly active library users stop using the library when faced with a fine they cannot pay or feel too embarrassed about owing fines to come back to the library.
A: Unfortunately, we can only waive fines for TRPLD cardholders for our materials. However, many libraries have made the decision recently to go fine-free. Check with your local library on their recent policy changes.
A: Although fines and fees are incorporated into the library’s operating budget, they account for a very, very small amount and they are never a guarantee. By not collecting fines, library staff time can be redirected to support other library services.
A: Yes. The library will charge cardholders for books that are returned damaged or overdue for more than 90 days.
If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to speak to a staff member or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.