january 2, 2020
Here at the Bloomfield Library, we believe in changing lives through the power of ideas, information, and imagination. By eliminating fines for our materials, we can continue to do just that, and reach even more of our community.
We believe a Public Library exists to serve the community and is based on the concept of sharing resources and services. Library fines, however, create distinct barriers; monetary fines present an economic barrier to those who cannot afford to pay them, and they create a barrier in public relations, both for staff who collect and manage the dues and for the patrons who may be reluctant to return materials or use the library at all.
Libraries that have adopted fine-free policies found that:
Library card registrations increased.
Borrowing of materials increased.
More library items were returned.
Students returned to the library to use homework resources.
Staff time was redirected from fines-handling to patron-focused services.