Fine Free FAQ

What does fine-free mean?

The library will no longer be imposing daily late fees for most materials including books, magazines, DVDs, audiobooks, and STEAM kits.

The fine-free policy only covers overdue fines. Patrons are responsible for the cost of any lost or damaged items. Fees will still be charged for goods such as flash drives and earbuds and for services including copying, faxing, and scanning.

Only the overdue charges from Brown Memorial Library will disappear. Lost and damaged charges won’t. Items checked out at other libraries might still accrue overdue fines

Are there any items not included?

Yes. Mobile Hotspots, Chromebooks, and Kindles will continue to accrue fines.

Do items still have due dates?

Yes. Patrons are expected to return materials on their due date. Most items automatically renew four times already. If another patron is on hold for an item, it cannot be renewed.

 Items not returned within 30 days of their latest due date will be considered lost.

What if I return a lost item?

The cost of the item will be removed from your account. You won’t have any fines and will be free to check out items again.

What about old fines on my record?

All overdue fines have been forgiven, but patrons are still responsible for the cost of lost or damaged items and any unpaid fees on their account for goods and services such as copies and faxing.

What if I have overdues?

Cardholders with more than three overdue items on their account will be blocked from checking out any more materials. Once the overdue items are returned, the patron may check out again.

Items not returned within 30 days of their latest due date will be considered lost and the patron will be billed for the cost of the item and their card will be blocked until payment is resolved or the items are returned.