ST. CLOUD — Patrons of the Great River Regional Library system will no longer accrue fines for overdue materials.
GRRL eliminated fines on overdue items beginning Jan. 3 this year. The library system, which has 33 locations, eliminated fines for children and teen materials in 2019.
"With the help of the library’s generous donors, we can remove the financial barrier of fines to allow everyone to explore, learn, and connect in their community," said a press release from the library.
Transportation and finances as the biggest barriers to people who rely on library services, according to the organization. Returning materials on time can be a challenge for people who rely on public transportation or a ride from parents to return materials, and fines add another expense to families.
"Being mindful of our diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, we are working to eliminate this barrier for families in central Minnesota," the release said.
Libraries who have already eliminated late fees haven't seen a significant uptick in late items. Fines were also not a significant source of revenue for the library, making up 1% of the GRRL budget.
This article originally appeared on St. Cloud Times: Great River Regional Library system eliminates fines for overdue materials