[Libs-Or] Fine Free Libraries

Mark Rose mrose at hermiston.or.us
Fri Jan 25 11:57:03 PST 2019

The first library I worked for was fine free. However, they were also sent lost books to collections fairly quickly. The collection is of value to the community if it can be checked out, use of a collection agency is the teeth some people need to be fair to others in the community.

Mark Rose
Director, Hermiston Public Library
mrose at hermiston.or.us<mailto:mrose at hermiston.or.us>
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From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Robert Lanxon
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Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Fine Free Libraries

It means that patrons can continue to use the library without being adversely punished for being poor or of limited means.   It also means that the library moves away from being punitive.  LOL.. I suspect desk staff would love to have that particular discussion/argument off of the counter.

I’m not sure how it cheapens the value of the collection, so I can’t address that issue.

Reference Librarian
City of Milwaukie
Ledding Library
9600 SE 21st Ave • Milwaukie, OR 97222

From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Rita J Radford
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Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Fine Free Libraries

Will someone please explain to me the advantage of "fine-free"?  In my thinking it removes responsibility from the patron and cheapens the value of our collections. This is only the second time I've heard of this concept so perhaps I don't have the whole picture.

In the dark,
Rita Radford
Riddle City Library

On January 25, 2019, at 10:20 AM, Diedre Conkling <diedre08 at gmail.com<mailto:diedre08 at gmail.com>> wrote:

I just noticed that not all of the Oregon libraries without fines are on this map,

Diedre Conkling
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