Do You Think It's A Good Idea?

United States
April 16, 2021 2:31pm CST
For libraries to stop charging overdue fees? I read this the other day and a few months ago also about certain libraries wishing to no longer charge late fees. Well in that case, everyone will take and never return perhaps. What do you think about this?
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@akalinus (36329)
• United States
16 Apr
I went back to the old homestead to clean out stuff we left behind as we went various ways. I found an old book from the library that was several years overdue, a Nancy Drew book. I called the library and they said I had to pay the fine. I said I couldn't, could I just buy the book? Nope, had to pay the fine. I ended up giving the book away.
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• United States
16 Apr
Good for you
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@akalinus (36329)
• United States
16 Apr
@RebeccasFarm I would have paid the $15 or so to buy the book but they were being cute about it.
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• United States
16 Apr
Lol.
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@marlina (122871)
• Canada
16 Apr
No , I am not for the librairies to stop charging late fees at all,
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• United States
16 Apr
I match you Marlina
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@much2say (48158)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Apr
They did this for us here since late 2019, I think? I thought it was strange because believe me I have had many overdue books in the past decade and I thought my overdue fees were a supporting the library . I have always wondered if this would make people less responsible about borrowing library books.
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• United States
16 Apr
Yes I remember library doing that for me too when I was a kid
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@much2say (48158)
• Los Angeles, California
16 Apr
@RebeccasFarm I just looked up our public library system. Ohhhh, so they hired an outside agency to do the collecting . . . that way the library is ensured to get their items back on the shelves. You may either have to end up paying a lot or it could affect your credit .
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• United States
16 Apr
@much2say What? OMG
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@Lucky15 (37305)
• Philippines
16 Apr
wish that they don't sometimes reading can take longer than we usually do
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• United States
16 Apr
Yes they do allow sometimes
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@shaggin (56590)
• United States
16 Apr
@Lucky15 here where I go they let us borrow books for two weeks. We can renew them for another two weeks and then another two weeks before we have to return them. Even then I sometimes didn't finish the book so I'd return it then go down a few days later and borrow it again.
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• United States
16 Apr
@shaggin Oh thats fair Shanny
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@kareng (34327)
• United States
16 Apr
For honest people it won't be a problem but many will take advantage and keep the books. I think is one book is not returned they should block that card and user from checking out any more books. I know at the library I used in Louisiana they had a problem with books not getting checked in. I always returned my books on time. I was always having fines put on my account or my children's accounts.
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• United States
16 Apr
I just think it would be a shame not to charge, I agree with you Karen.
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@shaggin (56590)
• United States
16 Apr
@kareng ive had that happen to me so many times. I always call up and tell them we returned the item and then they go look and find it on the shelf and check it in and delete my fine.
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@kareng (34327)
• United States
17 Apr
@shaggin Yep and it gets old! I finally quit going to that library and we would drive to the nearest one in the opposite direction.
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• Kenya
16 Apr
I think it's just fair for them to charge since we have people who are defaulters and never take back the books they borrowed. How are you today?
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• United States
16 Apr
Thanks Laura I agree with that too. I am doing alright thank you for asking. How are you doing today?
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• Kenya
24 Apr
Am very good thank you.
@kaylachan (18060)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
16 Apr
Liberies run on a non-profit system. They aren't out to make money. However, if you barrow, you need to be held accountable if you don't return an item. Often, if you return an item, most will wave late fees. Many of them only want their items back.
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• United States
16 Apr
Yes it is fair as far as I can tell Kayla I agree.
@dgobucks226 (26601)
16 Apr
They should charge late fees or else it could turn into a Seinfeld episode I remember. Jerry forgot to return a book to the library he had in his possession for twenty years. Imagine if everyone did that , lol. With no fines no worries!
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• United States
16 Apr
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@Porcospino (30710)
• Denmark
16 Apr
My local library no longer charges late fees if the library user is under 18. Adults still have to pay. If there were no late fees at all some people would return the books and others wouldn't. I think some people would take advantage and keep the books.
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• United States
16 Apr
I do as well and if children are not taught late fees then it will be the same
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@shaggin (56590)
• United States
16 Apr
@Porcospino I would worry then the parents would put everything under the childs account so they could avoid a late fee.
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• United States
16 Apr
@shaggin Oh I never looked at it that way Shanny
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@shaggin (56590)
• United States
16 Apr
I don't think they should stop. The fee encourages people to return items on time. The fee if they forget goes towards more books being bought, activities like story hour etc.
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• United States
16 Apr
Yes it does I agree Shanny
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@snowy22315 (112886)
• United States
16 Apr
No, because people would just keep them or lose them under the bed or something.
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• United States
16 Apr
Yes or something agreed lol
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@lovebuglena (27643)
• Staten Island, New York
16 Apr
I think for now they are not charging late fees here. That was a good thing, especially because of library closures. But I think it is a good idea to charge late fees as that will motivate people to return their books and preferably on time.
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• United States
16 Apr
I agree totally Lena
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@CarolDM (130898)
• United States
16 Apr
I think they should continue charging.
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• United States
16 Apr
Thanks yes I agree Carol
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@edisondanila (44303)
• Philippines
16 Apr
Its good not to charge overdue fees in this time of pandemic.
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• United States
16 Apr
Yes but they are trying to make this a permanent feature
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@popciclecold (19408)
• United States
16 Apr
I think you are right.
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• United States
16 Apr
Hi Popsicle. Hope you are okay my friend.
• United States
16 Apr
@RebeccasFarm. I am doing a lot better, thanks for asking.
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• United States
16 Apr
@popciclecold Welcome xo
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@LadyDuck (337321)
• Switzerland
17 Apr
I think they should continue to charge the fee or the books will never be returned, people would throw them.
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• United States
17 Apr
I do too Anna its only fair
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@LadyDuck (337321)
• Switzerland
17 Apr
@RebeccasFarm Some people still forget to bring the books back and they throw them.
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@rakski (89818)
• Philippines
17 Apr
That may cause of people not returning the book
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• United States
17 Apr
Yes naturally people would take advantage
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@rakski (89818)
• Philippines
17 Apr
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@thelme55 (68184)
• Germany
17 Apr
I think that is a good idea not to charge fees for late book returns.
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• United States
17 Apr
I see.. here they will take all the books
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@thelme55 (68184)
• Germany
18 Apr
@RebeccasFarm Oh! I have not thought of that.
@Rashnag (11304)
• Thane, India
17 Apr
It isn't good as you said, people won't return it or will do it lately. Have a good day. Take care
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• United States
17 Apr
Yes it will be free for them
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@Rashnag (11304)
• Thane, India
18 Apr
@RebeccasFarm yes dear
@Shiva49 (20454)
• Singapore
17 Apr
I feel it can encourage a few to take advantage while those who are prompt can suffer. Better to have some discipline.
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• United States
17 Apr
And you know there will always be those who take advantage
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