DC Public Library Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate All Overdue Fines

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DC Public Library Board of Trustees Votes to Eliminate All Overdue Fines

Last week, the DC Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate all overdue fines during its May board meeting.

The Library acknowledged “overdue fines create barriers to access for the very populations the library works to serve – low-income residents – and are not an effective tool to encourage on-time return of library material” in the document explaining the measure.

The vote expands eliminating fines at the DC Public Library. In 2015, the Board voted to remove fines and fees on accounts belonging to people 19 years of age and younger. Following yesterday's vote, the Library will update its policies and publish them in the District Register before they become official.

In other votes, the Board approved naming the teen room in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library for local teacher and artist Alma Thomas and approved a new photography policy for the Library system. The Board also revised its mixed-use policy to support growing and changing the Library’s physical campus in ways that increase the number of affordable housing units and supports the Library’s new Facilities Master Plan. Board members also discussed the status of Library contracts, finances, facilities and key performance indicators.

About the DC Public Library Board of Trustees

The District of Columbia Public Library was created in 1898 by an Act of Congress. The Board of Library Trustees sets policies for the DC Public Library as an independent District government agency. Nine unpaid District residents from wards around the city comprise the Board of Trustees. The mayor appoints, and the D.C. City Council confirms board members to a maximum of two five-year terms. DC Public Library Board of Trustees holds public meetings every other month throughout a calendar year.