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Fine-Free FAQ

 General Questions About Palm Springs Public Library's Fine-Free Policy
  • Why is the Palm Springs Public Library no longer collecting overdue fines?

    • Our goal is to make sure our patrons can enjoy all the books and services the library has to offer. Overdue fines can prevent some patrons, especially children, from checking out books and other materials from the library. The library wants to unblock accounts, encourage patrons to bring items back, and use the library once again!

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  • What is the difference between a fine and a fee?

    • Fines are punitive. Fees are for library services and products such as library cards, copying, printing, material replacement costs, etc.

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  • When does the new Fine-Free Policy go into effect?

    • As of July 1, 2018 all current accounts will be made fine-free and will start with a clean slate. Please note that this does not apply to lost items or damage fees.

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  • How does the new Fine-Free Policy work?

    • Overdue fines will not be reflected on the patron’s account for late items.

      We will send notices to patrons regarding overdue library materials. Patrons may be unable to check out more items if any item on their account is seven (7) days overdue, but borrowing privileges will be reinstated when all overdue items are returned. After 30 days overdue, the item is considered lost and the patron will be billed the replacement cost and processing fee. If the item is returned undamaged, all related fees shall be removed from the account and borrowing privileges will be reinstated.

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  • Will the Library lose money or materials due to the new Fine-Free Policy?

    • Overdue fines make up less than one percent (1%) of the library’s operating budget and, in fact, cost more in staff time to collect than what is received. It costs nearly $3.00 to collect a $0.25 fine, for example.

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  • If I have overdue items or if I owe $5.00 or more in fees can I still check out materials?

    • Please return items on time so that others may enjoy them. If you have items that are more than seven (7) days overdue or if you have accrued in excess of $5.00 in fees, your borrowing privileges may be revoked.

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