By Robert Haugh
The Santa Clara City Library has abolished overdue fines for both children and adults.
This move is part of a nationwide effort to address equity issues and remove barriers to library access.
The American Library Association passed a resolution in 2019 in favor of eliminating these fines, and the Santa Clara City Library has followed suit.
Research has shown that fines are ineffective in ensuring materials are returned on time and can discourage library use.
Those most negatively impacted by overdue fines are often children and families experiencing economic hardship, creating barriers to library services.
While materials must still be returned promptly, there will no longer be overdue fines.
The library hopes that this change will encourage more people to use their services and enjoy their free resources.