Library book fines to double July 1

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Beginning July 1, the fees for overdue library books in Georgia will double.

The Public Information Network for Electronic Services’ executive committee voted in May to increase overdue fines from 10 cents to 20 cents per day. The increase will affect 285 Georgia public libraries, including those in Richmond, Burke, Columbia, Lincoln and Warren counties.

Similar fees for overdue magazines, audio books, compact discs and other items could increase in coming months.

In a news release, PINES program director Elizabeth McKinney said library fees have not increased since PINES was introduced in 1999.

“More and more, however, public libraries are being forced to use debt recovery agencies and the fine increase for books is necessary to defray the cost of that service,” and to help fund the cost of replacing nonrecoverable items, she said.

For more information or for a list of PINES participating libraries, go to

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raul 06/08/12 - 01:12 pm
Sounds reasonable.

Sounds reasonable.

David Parker
David Parker 06/08/12 - 02:19 pm
The fine amount is what it

The fine amount is what it is. My only comment is that when i drive to return a book and I want to drop it in the little box outside, more than once those boxes were locked. Usually it's a few days before a holiday coming up and they lock them so they won't overflow. I understand the issue with over-flow, but more boxes would cover that. Or just have someone come by and check them and address any potential over-flows.

The point is, I hate making two trips to accomplish one item, not to mention if you are flirting with the due date and have to come back after the holidays or whatever, by that time you may have incurred a late fee. I don't know if I'm just more suseptible to inconvenience or what but after looking back, buying E-books works out to less money.

I like the library, so I suppose I'm balancing the increasing costs with the joy of going to the library and browsing. Besides, convenience isn't everything.

allhans 06/08/12 - 02:31 pm
The library takes into

The library takes into account the days the boxes are closed. The date due is programmed for the extra days at the time you check it out.

As a regular and faithful patron of the Friedman Branch I have no problem with the increase.
I have, more than once, had to pay a fine and remarked on the low cost. Kept one a few extra days and it was less than $1.00.

Retired Army
Retired Army 06/08/12 - 03:36 pm
No problem here, especially

No problem here, especially if we can get that Verizon Librarian to do the collecting.

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