Friday, February 14, 2020

Good Valentine's Day News From The Free Library!

Cartoon image of an arrow shooting through a book
It’s our valentine to the city we love: We’ve gone fine-free!

That’s right: The Free Library no longer charges fines for overdue materials. What’s more, all existing overdue fines—large and small, from last month or last decade—have been removed from patrons’ library cards!

Overdue fines keep many patrons from enjoying all the Library has to offer, and evidence shows that they have no significant impact on the return rate of checked-out materials. Removing them will bring people and materials back through our doors, creating a more welcoming Free Library for all Philadelphians and moving us closer to achieving our mission of advancing literacy, guiding learning, and inspiring curiosity.

Have questions? Read our fine-free FAQ, or give us a call at 215-686-5322. Then grab your library card and check us out—we can’t wait to see you at the Fine-Free Library!

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