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Pueblo library district drops overdue fines for some items

The Pueblo County library offers more than just books to keep patrons busy while quarantining
Posted at 8:24 AM, Jan 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-15 10:26:19-05

PUEBLO — It's been nearly two weeks since the Pueblo library district dropped overdue fines for some items to remove financial barriers and help give equal access to residents.

Instead of overdue fines, the library will declare the item lost at 30 days and bill the borrower the replacement cost plus a $5 processing fee. Notifications will be sent out at seven, 14 and 28 days regarding the item.

The following items fall under the fine-free materials list at the library:

  • Books
  • Audiobooks
  • Magazines
  • DVDs
  • Music CDs

The library district's tablets, Chromebooks, internet hotspots, community passes and Interlibrary Loan materials do not fall under the fine-free materials list.

“Many public libraries across the United States have gone fine free over the past few years. We recognized that in Pueblo, overdue fines were preventing equitable access to all customers especially in certain service areas. By eliminating overdue fines, we are aiming to reduce barriers for our customers who need our library services the most, especially during this difficult time,” PCCLD Director of User Services Jill Kleven said in a release.

If an item that has been declared lost but is returned afterward, the library district said the replacement cost will be removed from the account.
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