Fine Free Library

We have an exciting announcement to share with you. Effective November 1st, 2020, Mediapolis Public Library has eliminated overdue fines for all Library patrons. This move ensures that our public library is living up to its commitment to provide free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our community.

Also effective November 1st, 2020, all outstanding overdue fines will be cleared from all patron records. No exceptions, no questions. You are absolutely fine free.

Any items checked out starting today that are eligible for renewal will be automatically renewed for you.

The Library encourages patrons to return books in a responsible and timely fashion to the Library so others may enjoy our shared resources.


Why did the Library decide to eliminate overdue fines?

The Mediapolis Public Library was inspired by the many other libraries that have gone fine free before us.

The elimination of overdue fines in libraries has several positive outcomes:

  • Increased patron access to materials and services
  • Reduction of the inequitable impact of overdue fines
  • Improved patron relationships with their library
  • Optimization of library staff time and increased staff efficiency

Additionally, research shows overdue fines do not ensure borrowed materials end up back on shelves.


Are other Libraries Fine Free?

The fine free movement has taken on momentum across the nation. The Urban Libraries Council map shows other fine free libraries.


What if I misplaced a book and can’t return it? Did the Mediapolis Public Library eliminate replacement fees?

While the Library eliminated overdue fines, Library users are still responsible for fees associated with the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials they check out.

Under this new policy, it is important to understand the difference between overdue fines and billed-item fees. Overdue fines are the daily charges applied to items not returned by their specified due date. These are the fines that will no longer be charged to patrons. Billed-item fees, or just fees, represent the charges applied for lost, damaged, or unreturned materials and are still in effect.

From all of us here at the Library, we thank you for your continued patronage and support.