Does your library have "fine forgiveness" days?

Archived From: Off Topic
  • Page :
  • 1
  • Text Only
I didn't know it but my Sacramento Public Library does.  It's the first time I've heard about it, so this may have been the first time they're doing it.  I got this email from them:

=16pxFebruary 14 - March 15
All Sacramento Public Library locations
Bring back your overdue items and we'll waive your fines.

=14pxDo you have an old Library item, like a book or movie, lying around that you've been meaning to bring back, but wince at the thought of the potential fine involved? You’re in luck because we’re waiving fines on all returned Library items from Feb. 14 - March 15=14px.

=14pxWe understand that sometimes things can fall through the cracks. We also have a sense of humor and would love to hear your reasons for returning your items late, no matter how audacious. Tell us your stories on social media using #NoFineIfFound=14px.

  • =14pxOverdue items in any condition may be returned to any of our 28 locations.
  • =14pxFines associated with the value of items returned, plus a $10 collection agency fine, will be waived.
  • =14pxIf you have already brought items back, but didn’t pay the $10 collection agency fine, visit any Library location to have the fine waived.


=14pxThe following items are not eligible for Fine Forgiveness:

  • =14pxPartner Library items
  • =14pxLink+ collection items
  • =14pxInterlibrary loan items

=14pxSee our staff for additional details.


=14pxWe don't want to let a fine get in the way of our continued relationship. Sacramento Public Library is committed to providing quality library services for all Sacramentans. 

Thanks for visiting Join for free to remove this ad.
As often as they have free lapdance days. On the other hand, the library fines should be cheaper.

About once a year, but they don't stop you from checking out books until fines total $25.

My sister could have used this about 25 years ago when her kids were little.  The fines got so high on her card and both of her son's cards that she couldn't check out books on any of them anymore.  She returned 95% of the books, but they were always overdue.

So, she got another card for her son, Pete.  Pete didn't actually exist, but he somehow learned to bring back his books on time.

My library doesn't start asking for money until you've racked up at least a $5 balance. And you can pay a minimum of $2 to get back under $5.

Our late fees are always waived because, quoth the librarian, "The MiniKKH's are so well behaved." News to me, but whatever.

I once read a book. Cat in the Hat.

Pay your late fees, deadbeats!

Your local library

How many people still use the library in the internet age? I thought it was just a bathroom for homeless people.

burgerwars said:   I once read a book. Cat in the Hat.
Not Green Eggs and Hamburgers?

clangle said:   Pay your late fees, deadbeats!

Your local library

  No matter how bad the library?

I got a follow up email newsletter about this:

Welcome back to more than 10,000 of you incredible readers

Welcome home to more than 10,000 of you incredible readers. During Fine Forgiveness, you returned more than 12,000 items for a total fine-waive of $73,601. While we’re excited to have those items back, we’re more than excited to have you back. This is what you told us:

"We moved and I had a book checked out. I found the book and returned it. Unfortunately — late fees. But thanks to Fine Forgiveness, I was OK, and my daughter could get a new library card, check out a book and use the computer for a project she needed to work on.” Melanie C.

“My ma had a stroke and dementia. We checked out a book for her and she took it to board and care. The book was lost for several months. But during the fine amnesty month, we were forgiven!” Catherine W.

“I had overdue books because I had checked out several as part of research I was doing for my book I am writing. I didn’t want to stop in the middle of writing and research. Thanks for forgiving the fine. I hope to have my book in the library one of these days.” Isaac C.

“Just wanted to say that the Fine Forgiveness was much appreciated. The last couple years have been very difficult, financially and otherwise, and unfortunately it has taken a toll on my avid 6-year-old reader. We greatly appreciate the opportunity for a fresh start and will continue to come to the library and keep a book in my little girl’s hands. Thank you!” Janet M.

“This would have been my first fine. You saved me!” Marty K.

“My daughter is a 4.0 student, but often forgets things and she can cost me lots of dollars. My older daughter has been diagnosed with stage 3 kidney cancer and funds have been scarce due to all we have been going through. This program is very much appreciated.” Irene H.

"I forgot and then I was ashamed. Thanks for saving me the $$." Sub L.
Geez, all sob stories. Can't people just own up to it?
Sounds like a great thing, though-12 thousand items returned. Hopefully some rich charitable soul will donate $74 thousand to make up for the lost fine revenue.
I wonder how many of those items were returned in good condition?

I have 3 books from 2 other cities that Infound after moving.

Should I return them or just ask them to tell me of upcoming late fee forgiveness days?

ZenNUTS said:   As often as they have free lapdance days. On the other hand, the library fines should be cheaper.
  How expensive are yours?

Disclaimer: By providing links to other sites, does not guarantee, approve or endorse the information or products available at these sites, nor does a link indicate any association with or endorsement by the linked site to

Thanks for visiting Join for free to remove this ad.

While FatWallet makes every effort to post correct information, offers are subject to change without notice.
Some exclusions may apply based upon merchant policies.
© 1999-2017