The board of directors of the Oregon Trail Library District recently adopted a fine-free policy.

Patrons will no longer be charged for overdue materials. Also, the library district will erase all past overdue fines for patrons, said Kathy Street, OTLD director. This does not include past fees for lost or damaged items.

The change, Street said in a press release, is part of an institutional movement from libraries nationwide, guided by recommendations of the American Library Association in an effort to increase free public access to library services. Street is very excited about the change.

“Many new patrons are afraid to establish an account for fear of costs. Especially families,” she said.

Numerous libraries within the Sage Library System and in Oregon have gone fine-free, Street said. However, if you go to a library that still charges fines, you will be charged for overdue items at that location.

The change doesn’t mean that people don’t have to return books to the library. Items still have a due date and materials still need to be returned.

For more information, contact Street at kstreet@otld.org or 541-481-3365.

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