Last week, the Tracy Public Library Board voted to eliminate fines on late items. What does that mean?
- There will still be fines charged for lost or damaged materials. If you lose or damage a book, you will still need to pay the replacement cost. Fines will also continue to be charged for our new WiFi hotspots ($5/day).
- If you have something overdue, you will continue to be called or receive email notifications that the item needs to be returned or renewed. Letters will be sent once an item has entered long overdue/lost status, meaning it is overdue by 68+ days.
- We will continue to follow the policy in place for all Plum Creek Library System libraries, which states that if a patron has five or more items overdue for a week or more, no further items can be checked out until the late materials are returned. In addition, if any one item checked out by a patron has entered long overdue/lost status, he or she will be unable to check out anything else until the lost item has been returned or paid for.
- Fines accrued at other Plum Creek Library System libraries must still be paid. If you check out an item from a library that charges fines and it is returned late to Tracy, you will still have a fine on your account. Tracy Public Library cannot waive fines owed to other libraries.
Tracy Public Library patrons are great about getting their items returned on time, and we know you will continue to be. Please be especially conscious about returning items received on loan from other Plum Creek Library System member libraries and MnLink on time. We hope that this will be a positive change for our library and community, and that it will encourage more people to use the library.
If you have any questions, please call the library at (507) 629-5548.