Brighton District Library goes fine-free on overdue materials

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Effective Jan. 1, 2022, the Brighton District Library will stop charging overdue fines for library materials. This move ensures that the library is providing equal access to information, services, and opportunities that inspire, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for those in the community. The library is committed to promoting literacy for all ages by eliminating overdue fines. Having a fine-free system ensures residents that the Library is the place to go to read, discover, and connect without barriers.

Even with the best of intentions, life can get in the way – work schedules change; kids get sick; weather conditions create closings. Overdue fines can be so frustrating or burdensome that some patrons eventually avoid borrowing from the Library.

“We are confident that ending overdue fines will not affect our funding or ability to have borrowed materials returned,” said Cindy Mack, library director. “We want all Brighton residents to have access to our materials regardless of their ability to pay overdue fines. Equal access to all Library services leads to a curious, engaged community, benefiting everyone in the Brighton District Library service area.”

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