Now you can finally return all those overdue library books.
The Prince George Public Library has announced the permanent elimination of overdue fees on library materials today, Monday, May 3. The library temporarily suspended overdue fees in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The change was made permanent with the support of the library board of trustees and city council.
The announcement comes several months after city council approved the library’s 2021 budget, which included a projected reduction of $72,850 in internally generated revenue compared to 2020. The library’s internally generated revenue which consists mainly of overdue fees, has been declining over the past five years. The impact of COVID-19 led to a reduction in revenue of over $50,000 in 2020.
Library staff and board chair Mike Gagel have championed the removal of late fees for some time, but the move came earlier than anticipated with temporary closures of library branches in March 2020.
“This is a significant service enhancement for residents and eliminates barriers for those for whom fees pose financial hardship,” said Library Director, Paul Burry.
In addition to removing late fees, the library has now reinstated regular loan periods which were temporarily adjusted when the library closed to the public in March 2020. Patrons who have fees on their accounts are encouraged to contact library branches to discuss their accounts. Fees may still be applied to patron accounts to replace lost or damaged items.