NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – As of July 1, the New Hanover County Public Library system eliminated fines for overdue books and materials, including all past, present and any future instances of late returns.
“Eliminating the financial barrier of overdue fines ensures that community members have equitable access to library resources and services,” said Library Director Paige Owens. “Going fine free helps erase barriers to library use that disproportionately impact low-income households. This is a great time for residents to return to the library or visit us for the first time to engage with our vast array of resources and programs.”
While overdue fines will no longer be charged, library patrons are still encouraged to return materials in a timely fashion so others may enjoy these shared resources. If an item is overdue by 8 weeks, materials are considered lost and replacement charges will be applied to a cardholder’s account. If lost items are returned to the library, the account will be cleared of any replacement charges.
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