Fines are a devilish business. On the one hand, as anyone who spends any time watching the Circulation Desk can see and hear, fines often dampen the good will people feel towards the Library. On the other hand, the Library wants its materials back undamaged and on time so other patrons can use them. The imposition of a fine, if it is collected, is a time–honored incentive to that end. Finally, fines are a not insignificant revenue stream for the Library.
To encourage members of our community to meet their obligations, the Library’s Board of Trustees has amended the policy to reduce the maximum fine balance allowable from $25 to under $10. Credit cards are not accepted at this time.