Beginning March 1, we will no longer charge patrons daily fines for overdue Petoskey District Library materials. Checked out material will have an extended grace period of two to four weeks, depending on the type of item borrowed. Understanding their responsibility to the library’s collection and tax payer dollars, the library board decided the Library will charge fines for any materials returned past the grace period. The elimination of a daily fine is one way the library hopes to break down financial barriers that often shut off access to some patrons.
“Most of our patrons return their items on time, though there are situations that occur that prevent people from getting items back before the due date. We hope that taking away the stigma of overdue fines will encourage more people to continue to use the library even if they forget to return a book on time,” says Library Director Valerie Meyerson. “It is our goal to get the public here to use the services we provide, and we hope this is one way to do that.”