Fines Free

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.

So gather up those long-overdue library materials floating around under the bed, under the car seat, or mixed in with your own collection and head to your local library.

Fines Free FAQ’s

Late fines will no longer be applied to your account, but you are still responsible for returning everything you borrow. Please do your best to return or renew your items on time, as someone else may be waiting for them. Lost and unreturned items, as well as items returned damaged, will still have fees applied.
All CPRLS library branches have eliminated late fines on books, audio CDs, DVDs, Blu-rays and music CDs. CPRLS passes and technology will have fines.
It’s a common misconception that overdue fines encourage people to return their Library materials on time. The reality is that most patrons return their materials on time because they know it’s the right thing to do! Patrons who borrow materials from the Library understand that the Library is about sharing resources, and they care about returning their materials so other people can use them.
We do not have a completion date for all accounts to be cleared. You do not have to wait for us to complete this process give us a call or stop by.
Yes. Although these are courtesy reminders and you are responsible in making sure items are either renewed or returned by the due date. Below is a list of reminders.
3 days before the due date, a pre-reminder is sent to accounts with an email address.
10 days after the due date, you receive an email or an automated phone call as a reminder.
30 days after the due date, a notice is sent to the mailing address on your account.
37 days after the due date, the account is blocked and a reminder call is made. All overdue items must be returned before the block is removed.
45 days after the due date, the account is sent to collections and a processing fee is charged.
The receipt given at check will have a notation if the item is subject to fines. Remember an item that does not belong to one of the libraries in Ben Hill, Berrien, Cook, Irwin, Tift or Turner counties will be subject to fines as set by that system.
Items can be returned in designated areas inside or in the bookdrop.

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