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News Release
Richland Removes Overdue Fines from Library Materials - 05/18/22

The Richland Public Library is now fine free! Returning items past the due date will no longer result in late fines being charged to an account. In addition to this change, all existing late fines will be removed from accounts in the coming days. If patron’s have an overdue item or have an account blocked because of late fines, now is the perfect time to return those library materials and reconnect with the library in a new chapter of library service. 

This approach to “fine free” libraries has been successful in other cities across the country,” states Library Manager, Christopher Nulph. “The Richland Public Library does not rely on revenue generated from overdue fines. In addition, overdue fines can create barriers to using the library for cardholders, especially children and families. We want to avoid reducing access to learning opportunities during periods of critical growth and development. This is great news for our citizens!”

At their April 19, 2022 meeting, Richland City Council approved Resolution No. 2022-55 which amends the Richland Fee Schedule to remove overdue fees for late library materials. 

On May 10, 2022, The Richland Public Library Board of Trustees reviewed and adopted an updated circulation policy which eliminates charging late fines on overdue materials. The policy indicates that patrons will be asked to monitor their due dates and return library materials in a timely manner, but patrons will not be financially penalized for returning items past the due date. 

A final Resolution was approved by the Richland City Council on May 17, 2022. Resolution No. 2022-63 authorizes the waiver of outstanding legacy fines associated with overdue library items that pre-exist the passage of Resolution 2022-55. 

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