Carrollton Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fees, Reinstates Accounts
Carrollton City Council unanimously passed a resolution to zero out all outstanding Carrollton Public Library overdue fees and restore services to all affected Library accounts.
The idea was introduced by Carrollton Public Library Director Jonathan Scheu at a City Council worksession in July, and the resolution was officially submitted and approved at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 14.
“The American Library Association has maintained for several years that the essential mission of a publicly-funded library is to provide free, equal, and equitable access to information in all its forms,” Scheu said. “The organization believes that fines present an economic barrier to accessing library materials and services, and the penalties drive away the people who stand to benefit the most from free library resources including low-income families, minorities, and children.”
Effective Wednesday, September 15, all unpaid overdue fines will be waived and affected accounts reinstated.
Moving forward, materials that are past due will not accrue overdue fees, but the account will be frozen until the materials are returned. Materials that are 25 days past due will be charged the full replacement cost of the material unless returned in good condition. Once 90 days have passed, the lost/damaged charges are considered final.
Scheu summarizes all Library overdue fees will be eliminated, but the lost/damage charges will still apply. In other words, existing overdue fees will be waived from patron accounts but patrons are still responsible for the lost/damage charges. The Library is restoring Library access to patrons whose accounts have been frozen due to overdue fees but is not removing the personal responsibility of the materials borrowed.
“Just bring the materials back,” Scheu said. “The fines have been removed.”
There’s a universe of information to explore, according to Scheu, and the Carrollton Public Library can help source it. The Library offers online resources and services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visit the Library from your home, office, or anywhere the internet goes. Come in and apply/renew your new Library card today.
The Hebron & Josey Library location (4220 N. Josey Lane) is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1-5 p.m., and closed on Friday. The Josey Ranch Lake location (1700 Keller Springs Road) is open Monday-Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 1-5 p.m., and closed on Thursday.For more information, visit cityofcarrollton.com/library or call 972-466-4800.