Library book fines to double July 1

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 www.georgialibraries.org/public/pines.

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