Elimination of Library Fines

Board of Supervisors

Meeting Date: 6/18/2019


The Board will hear a request from the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) to approve the elimination of late fines on borrowed materials to ensure that all members of the community have equitable access to library books and materials. MCFL, which eliminated fines on children’s materials in 2015, is joining other Bay Area library systems such as Sonoma, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Oakland in going fine-free. Research shows that fine-free libraries enjoy more library visits, increased usage of library materials, and increased customer satisfaction. Previously, MCFL charged 25 cents a day for most overdue items, and patrons weren’t allowed to check out items if they had more than $10 in fines. 


The Board approved the elimination of library late fees.

Need more info? See the staff report about the elimination of library late fines.

Contact: Sara Jones, Director, Marin County Free Library

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