No Library Fines Imposed In San Mateo County As Of Monday

From Patch San Carlos

“Effective Monday, San Mateo County libraries will no longer assess fines for late-return books and other material, to help ensure all county residents can borrow books.”When we look at the data, it turns out they aren’t effective. At the end of the day, we want to get as many books as possible into the hands of as many readers as possible,” said Charles Stone, chairman of the San Mateo County Library Joint Powers Authority Board.”This is a proud moment for all of us at San Mateo County Libraries as we continue to look for better ways to serve our community through innovative solutions and progressive policies,” Stone said.Studies have shown that late fines can be a significant barrier to library access and drive borrowers away, particularly those with low or fixed incomes.”

https://patch.com/california/sancarlos/no-library-fines-imposed-san-mateo-county-monday

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