Fraser Valley Regional Library plans to end late fines permanently beginning Jan. 1, 2022.
Throughout the pandemic, no late fines have incurred and as of Dec. 8, 2021 the 15 elected officials who compose the FVRL board voted to continue this initiative indefinitely.
The ending of late fines is part of FVRL’s approach to continue to help remove barriers for customers and encourage increased use and access to the collection.
“We know how helpful and potentially life-changing removing late fines can be. This was a well-thought-out decision that has a big impact on supporting people, creating harmony, and building stronger communities,” said FVRL board chair Gayle Martin.
This change does not include fees incurred for lost or damaged materials. The same fee structure will still apply. Customers with existing fines will be granted the option of removing some or all of these fines with an upcoming 2022 forgiveness campaign.
“We recognize that many people are struggling right now and finances are tight. We care and we want to help,” added FVRL CEO Scott Hargrove. “There can be a lot of fear or stress surrounding late fines. Most of the time we see customers accrue late fines unintentionally – missed bus, sick kid, working late. This minor mishap can seriously hurt household budgets, use of the library, and stress levels. We want to welcome people into the library and help alleviate some pressure.”