Timberland Libraries are now Fine Free!
Starting January 1, 2020, TRL is no longer charging overdue fees on our collection materials and existing overdue fines will be removed. Patrons are still responsible for ensuring that items are returned by the due date. Library staff can assist you with any questions!
Research has shown that overdue fines act as an emotional barrier for many people and create a disproportionate financial impact on many in our communities. Library fines represent less than 1% of TRL’s overall revenue and data indicates that it is costing more in staff time to collect overdue fines than TRL receives in fines revenue. This Fines Free policy does not impact fees for lost and damaged items, those charges will remain on patron accounts. Items overdue for longer than 28 days will be considered lost, and patrons will incur a replacement fee for the item. Accounts with more than $10 in fees will have their borrowing privileges suspended until the item is returned or the replacement fee is paid.