On World Kindness Day, Grand Forks Public_ is proud to announce its decision to implement a fine-free model of service, effective immediately. A fine-free model will eliminate overdue fines for materials checked out of the library.
“We know many patrons are going through challenging times right now, and we want to do everything we can to help,” explains Wendy Wendt, Library Director. “That’s why we’ve decided to permanently change the way we operate to improve access for all.”
Grand Forks Public_ joins more than 100 major libraries across North America who have transitioned to a fine-free model, representing a commitment to free and equitable service.
All existing overdue fines have been forgiven, which impacts nearly 2,000 patrons, including children, and blocked cards have been reset.
Under the new fine-free model, patrons will still be responsible for the items they borrow. All library materials will have due dates, and patrons will receive reminders when items are due. If materials are not returned 30 days past renewals, the item will be marked as lost and a replacement fee will be applied to the account. This fee will be waived if the item is returned.
Grand Forks Public_ currently provides Curbside Pickup Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 4-6 p.m., as well as 24/7 access to parking lot Wi-Fi and online resources, including ebooks, audiobooks, databases, virtual programming, and more.