You are still responsible for bringing materials back. Being fine free means that the library will no longer charge a daily fine for most overdue materials.
Your account will be suspended if you don't return items in billed status or if unpaid fines and fees exceed $10.
You will still be charged the replacement cost for lost or damaged materials for which a bill has been issued.
High-demand collections including Video Games, Playaway Views, Launchpads, Nooks & Kindles, Equipment & Gadgets, and J Kits are still charged overdue fines.
Why is the library going fine free? Aren't you going to miss the revenue?
Our goal is to ensure that patrons are able to access all the books and services the library has to offer. The risk of incurring overdue fines can prevent some patrons, especially children, from checking out books and other materials.
Over the years, we've lowered fines and added auto-renewal, which has already led to a large reduction in fine revenues. Library fines make up about one-tenth of one percent of the overall budget; LPL does not rely on overdue fines to run the library.
I've paid fines in the past! So... do I get a refund?
The library will not be issuing refunds for old fine payments. All overdue fines of returned items before January 1 have been waived.
Why do I still have fines on my account?
If you notice overdue fines on your account, please see Circulation staff so that they can help you clear it up. Patrons are still responsible for the replacement cost of long overdue, lost or damaged materials, and for overdue fines on high-demand collections. Also, other libraries still charge late fines and you will see these in your library account; in most circumstances these fines can be waived at the Circulation Desk if the items are returned.
What about my holds? Will I be waiting longer for them?
Good news! Most libraries that are fine free report that a majority of patrons still return their materials on time, and waitlists are not affected. Library staff will be monitoring the effect on the waitlists and adjust our purchasing accordingly. Of course, we always encourage patrons to return materials on time so your fellow library users can enjoy them.
Materials circulate for different loan periods, and overdue fines vary by type of material. LPL cardholders may borrow up to 70 items at a given time.
Cardholders from other libraries in Suffolk County may borrow most items within their own library’s limits. New books, new DVDs, video games, and devices may only be borrowed by Longwood Public Library cardholders.