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Continued: Twin Cities libraries telling kids to read up, not pay up

  • Article by: LAURIE BLAKE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 18, 2014 - 10:40 PM

Nationally librarians seek to achieve the same delicate balance, Anthony said.

“One of the reasons we have fines in the first place is to show we are responsible for the public goods,” she said. “We are not looking at fines by and large as a major source of revenue. Our primary purpose is to be good custodians and help people use the library well and not just gouge them for money.”

But regular fine amnesties can be a slippery slope, she said. If people know one is coming up, they may hold their materials until they can bring them back without fines.

“If it’s infrequent, then it can be effective.”


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