North Scituate Library is fine free

North Scituate Library is fine free

SCITUATE – Beginning this month, the North Scituate Public Library, 606 West Greenville Road, will stop charging fines.

The library has a long tradition of offering books without charging overdue fines. However DVDs, audio books, and other items did accrue late fees until the start of the COVID-19 crisis. Beginning in March 2020, all 71 libraries in the Ocean State Libraries consortium began waiving overdue fines. This was to simplify access for library patrons who practiced social distancing.

As of this month, the decision to charge fines is back in the hands of individual libraries, and North Scituate Library has decided to remain fine free.

“I am so happy that we are going fine free,” said Barbara Dunn, the library’s head of circulation. “With so many people out of work and after the year we all went through, it makes sense to continue being fine free. It goes along with ‘spreading kindness.’ I hope removing the burden of fines on patrons encourages more people to use our library.”

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