No more overdue fines for Detroit Public Library users

Starting this month, the Detroit Public Library won’t be charging you if you return your checkouts late. 

The library system, which includes 22 Detroit locations, is doing away with overdue fines as of Sept. 1. 

The new rule also erases past overdue fines, but doesn’t apply to fees for any items you might have damaged or lost — you’ll still have to pay them, according to the organization. 

No-fine policies are increasingly common in public libraries across the nation as library systems attempt to increase accessibility and welcome new users. The Grand Rapids-area Kent District Library went fine-free in June, while the Petoskey District Library has eliminated daily fees and extended its grace period.

“Libraries are about providing access, and going fine free is one more way we’re increasing access to our collections and services,” DPL spokesperson Katie Dowgiewicz said in an email. “Fine free is a growing trend in American libraries, resulting in increased visits and circulation. With no fines, the Detroit Public Library will be more accessible and welcoming than ever before.” 


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