Earlville library goes fine free

EARLVILLE – The Earlville Library has gone fine free.

Beginning this month, the Earlville Free Library will allow patrons to borrow material owned by the library for as long as they would like, and return it late without fear of having to pay a penalty. Borrowed items need only be returned before the due date for patrons to borrow again.

Additionally, borrowers with outstanding fines have been cleared to borrow again and all previous fines have been erased.

The Earlville Free Library Fine Free Program, launched to increase community participation with the library, will be open to everyone with an Earlville library card.

“Our goal is to get people back into the library,” said Earlville Free Library Director Shari Taylor. “The point of the library is for people to use the services we provide. If we have a roadblock there so people can’t use those services, then we’re not fulfilling our goal.”

The library is forfeiting nearly $2,000 annually in fees to allow this program to continue, Taylor added.

“We have turned people away almost on a daily basis just because of the fees they owe. We don’t want to do that anymore.”

The Earlville Free Library is part of the Mid York Library System. For more information about the library, call 315-691-5931 or visit earlvillefreelibrary.org.

-Shawn Magrath

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