While past summers have seen the Morris Public Library offer fine forgiveness for overdue materials to children, this June and July the library is experimenting with forgiving fines for both adults and children. Library Director Anne Barber told the KMRS Community Connection that she has gotten good reaction to the program so far. Barber said many libraries are doing away with fines, as recent studies show that fines do not motivate people to return overdue library materials and may, in fact, discourage people from stepping into their local libraries.
The fine forgiveness also applies to pre-existing fines, even those going back many years. But patrons do have to come in to the library to take care of their fines. Items that are never returned will continue to be billed for replacement plus a processing fee.