Dunedin Library borrowers no longer face late fines


September 30, 2021

As of October 1, 2021, borrowers will not be subject to late payment fines. In addition, all overdue fines are eliminated. The loan periods and the number of items that can be borrowed have not changed. Charges for lost and damaged items will remain in the borrower’s accounts until paid.

When items are 10 days overdue, accounts are blocked and borrowers are charged the cost of replacing the item (s) plus processing fees. Borrowers with blocked accounts cannot borrow any library material, including electronic items through Libby / Overdrive. When items are returned in good condition, accounts are released and all charges waived.

Communities are stronger when everyone has access to their libraries. Studies indicate that even small fines can prevent people from using the library due to the risk of incurring fines. Rather than motivating borrowers to return items on time, fines are an unfair barrier to service, disproportionately affecting minors, students, and community members with limited financial resources.

Special collections housed in the East Lake and Palm Harbor Libraries are subject to late fines.

For more information, visit pplc.us/finefree or contact the Dunedin Library (727) 298-3080.

This press release was produced by the City of Dunedin. The opinions expressed here are those of the author.

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