Late fee amnesty at Fayette County Public Library

Tue, 04/07/2009 - 2:32pm
By: The Citizen

Bring Back Those Overdue Books! Fine Amnesty at Fayette County Public Library During National Library Week, April 13-18, 2009

Each year the Fayette County Public Library loses books. Some, of course, are legitimately lost and will never be recovered. The vast majority, however, are still in the possession of the original borrower and could be returned if the borrower made a small effort.

What makes these losses especially difficult to bear is their effect on other borrowers. Imagine the frustration of a library customer who desperately needs a particular volume to complete a project or some research but finds, week after week, that the necessary book is, according to library records, checked out. And, at a time when book costs are spiraling upwards, replacing a lost or missing book can often be far more than the original purchase price.

To remove at least one of the barriers to returning an overdue library book, Fayette County Public Library borrowers are encouraged to return their overdue books and library materials without penalty or fine during a weeklong amnesty event to be held during National Library Week, April 13-18, 2009. Materials returned must be in good condition, but no questions will be asked nor fines charged. National Library Week Fine Amnesty is being offered only at the Fayette County Public Library located in the city of Fayetteville.

The purpose of the amnesty is to promote the return of needed library materials. Library staff will forgive overdue fines on materials returned Monday, April 13 through Saturday, April 18, in person at the desk during library open hours. The amnesty does not include overdue fines still on record from previously returned materials, nor does it include charges for lost or damaged items. Fees for replacement library cards and charges for printing and copying are also not covered by the fine amnesty.

The Fayette County Public Library is located behind the Fayette County administrative complex in downtown Fayetteville, at the southwest corner of Highways #85 and #54. For additional information, please contact the library at 770-461-8841.

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