As of January 1, 2019, all children’s materials checked out will not incur fines and any outstanding fines on children’s materials have been deleted. Adult materials checked out children’s cards will still accrue fines, and outstanding fines will not be waived on these materials.
Why did VIRL Eliminate Children’s Fines?
Eliminating fines for children shows leadership in the library profession by responding to a demonstrated community need with a simple and innovative solution. This solution removes a potentially significant barrier to access and helps ensure that library services are available to some of the customers who need them most.
Don’t Children’s Fines Help Teach Lessons About Responsibility?
We believe that children are better served by the actual lessons and knowledge they can gain through unencumbered access to library resources. Children should not be faulted or punished for library card fines; rather, they should have barriers to access removed so that they can grow and learn without limitations.
What about children’s materials checked out on Adult Cards and Adult Materials checked on a Children’s Cards?
No fines will be accrued on children’s materials checked out on adult cards. Adult materials checked out on children’s cards will still accrue fines.
Does this apply to Literacy Kits?
Yes, no fines will be accrued on Children’s Literacy Kits.
What if long overdue items are returned?Outstanding fines on children’s materials were eliminated on December 31, 2018. We will periodically batch delete any fines that may accrue when long overdue items are returned.
Staff may also waive these fines if they see them.
Won’t this cut into VIRL’s revenue?
Fines do not represent a significant portion of VIRL’s revenue. Eliminating children’s fines is not forecast to have a meaningful impact on VIRL’s budgets or service deliveries.