Local Libraries Will Now All be Fine Free
Beginning February 1, the Asotin County Library, Asotin School Libraries, Clarkston School District Libraries, Clearwater Memorial Public Library, Lapwai School Libraries, Lewiston City Library, Lewiston School District Libraries, Orofino School District Libraries and the Prairie River District Libraries will all be fine free! This announcement follows a national trend of libraries forgoing charging their patrons fines for late materials.
“Our libraries have made the decision to remove barriers that in anyway prevent patrons, especially our children, youth and low income residents, from accessing our library materials. No one benefits when a child is blocked from using a library. Literacy skills development should never be something that the ability to pay prevents. Many libraries across the country have adopted fine free policies and as a result have seen an up-tic in returned materials and more patrons registering for library cards. Free and open access to our resources is what we all are working toward.”
A reminder that if you keep an item past its due date, your library account will be temporarily blocked. That means you won’t be able to check out more materials or use some of the digital services until your late materials are returned. If materials are not returned two months after the due date, patrons will be charged for the cost to replace it. All charges will be cleared from patron’s account when the materials are returned. Even if an item has been sitting on your shelf for years, return it and you can use the library again with no charges or late fines.