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Pioneer Library System Goes Fine Free

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The Pioneer Library System is turning a new page with a change its communities can celebrate: the elimination of fines for all ages on overdue materials.

As of December 1, a one-time amnesty of all existing late fines will start a clean slate for all adult library accounts. 

The change in fines affects overdue or late materials, with fees remaining for unreturned and damaged items, to help the library maintain its collections. Digital checkouts do not accrue fines.

“We are more than excited to join countless other libraries in Oklahoma and across North America that have made this equitable change,” shared Aiden Street, director of Community Engagement and Learning at PLS. “At PLS, our goal is to create positive experiences for our customers. That means we are always looking for ways to reduce barriers and encourage customers to make use of their libraries.”

PLS has enjoyed a long history of reducing barriers to library access in its communities. Recent improvements include the MyCard, introduced in 2015, an option that enables children and teens without a full-service card to check out a limited number of youth materials. In 2017, the library system announced automatic renewals on eligible overdue items, with fines on all youth materials being eliminated the following year.

With nearly 10% of households in the PLS service area living below the poverty level, this newest change will help maintain access to materials and information for many families.

“Just the idea of incurring a late fee is enough to deter some from using the library altogether,” Street continued. “Now people can take full advantage of all the great offerings at the library without feeling they have lost access due to an overdue fine.”

Founded in 1958, PLS today offers full-access libraries in 10 communities throughout Cleveland, McClain, and Pottawatomie counties, as well as additional access locations in smaller communities and outreach services including Business Services and the PLS Mobile Maker Lab.
For more information about PLS and its services, and to browse now fine-free materials, visit pioneerlibrarysystem.org.

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