Attention Scofflaws! Now’s your chance to return your Library Books with no Penalties

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From a press release:

“Beginning Monday through Feb. 5, 2012, the DC Public Library will forgive fines on overdue, lost or damaged books, CDs, DVDs, and other library materials. The campaign, entitled “Check it In” aims to encourage users who have avoided the library because of outstanding fines or fees to return and use the library.

“Libraries exist to give people access to books,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the District of Columbia. “When fines and fees keep people away from the library, we need to find ways to encourage them to return. We hope giving people amnesty from fines andfees will do just that.“

To have a fine forgiven, cardholders can return overdue or damaged books or other library materials to any DC Public Library and speak with a library employee to update their account. For lost books, cardholders can speak with a library employee to have their account cleared.

For many years, the Library has not charged fines on overdue children’s books.

“Children’s books have carried no fines because we want to make sure that all children have access to books,” added Cooper. “Ultimately, we want the same access to adult books.”

Additionally, library cardholders are encouraged to visit any DC Public Library during this period to update their customer account with changes in email addresses, mailing addresses or phone numbers.”

12 Comment

  • What if I already returned the materials but have a late balance on my account? Can that be forgiven?

  • Does amnesty cover books “lost” on ebay?

  • Let me tell you something, funny boy… You know that little stamp? The one that says New York Public Library? Well, that may not mean anything to you, but that means a lot to me. One whole helluva lot. Sure, go ahead, laugh if you want to. I’ve seen your type before — flashy, making the scene, flaunting convention. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking… Why’s this guy making such a big stink about old library books? Let me give you a hint, junior. Maybe we can live without libraries, people like you and me…. Maybe. Sure, we’re too old to change the world. What about that kid, sitting down, opening a book right now in a branch of the local library and finding pictures of pee-pees and wee-wees in The Cat in the Hat and The Five Chinese Brothers. Doesn’t he deserve better? Look, if you think this is about overdue fines and missing books, you’d better think again. This is about that kid’s right to read a book without getting his mind warped. Or maybe that turns you on, Seinfeld… Maybe that’s how you get your kicks… You and your goodtime buddies… I’ve got a flash for you, joy boy. Partytime is over.

  • austindc

    From my cold dead hands!

  • orderedchaos

    That word makes me smile. As do “kerfuffle” and “trundling.” 🙂

    • I must admit I did not know what “scuttlebutt” meant until seeing it on PoP a few times and having to look it up…

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