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New Orleans libraries get rid of late fines for youth items

August 31, 2019

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Public Library system is getting rid of late fees on youth materials.

The library system says in a statement that the new policy goes into effect Sunday.

The library says fines can quickly add up and discourage people from coming back. The library says it wants to do everything it can to make sure youth materials are accessible to everyone.

Children and teens with late fees from before Sept. 1 can write a book review to remove their fines or pay them over time.

The library says fines contribute less than 1% of the annual operating budget. Most of the system’s money comes from a dedicated tax millage.

The library will still charge for items that are damaged or not returned within 90 days.

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