CPRLS-FINES FREE FOR ALL
(well mostly, we'll explain below)
The Coastal Plain Regional Library System (CPRLS) is sharing good news this month. All CPRLS library branches have eliminated late fines on books, audio CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and music CDs. While patrons are encouraged and expected to continue returning their items by their due dates, being fines free allows breathing room for when life gets in the way.
Under the new fines free policy, patrons that are not able to make it to the library to return their items by the due date can either return or renew them up to 36 days past the due date and accrue no late fines. However, in order to continue providing patrons with resources in a timely manner, the new policy does come with stipulations. If items are not returned by 37 days after the due date, the individual will be contacted as a courtesy reminder and the library account will be blocked from checking out additional items until overdue items are returned. If the items are still not returned 45 days past the due date, the account will be sent to collections and a corresponding processing fee will be charged.
In addition to the fines free policy, CPRLS has also initiated the Clean Slate Project. As a show of the Library Board's commitment to providing access to all community members, patron account balances that were charged prior to January 1st, 2021 will be wiped clean.
CPRLS Library Director Sandy Hester said, “Libraries are community centers and information pathways, opening the doors to a world of possibilities for all. Eliminating overdue fees will break down barriers that keep people from fully using the services that our libraries offer.” By utilizing library services and returning borrowed items on time, you are supporting your community. The Coastal Plain Regional Library System would like to thank you for your continued support and show their gratitude with the fines free policy and the Clean Slate Project.