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JCPL is now Fine Free

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Are overdue fines keeping you from visiting your local library?

If they are, we have good news for you! We are no longer charging overdue fines* for late returns, and all past overdue fines have been forgiven.

At Jasper County Public Library we recognized that overdue fines were creating barriers to library use and we wanted to remove those barriers. You don't need to do a thing.

Overdue fines have been automatically forgiven. With no overdue fines, it will now be easier than ever to borrow materials and get reading, get listening, get viewing once again!

*Please note that patrons are still responsible for lost and/or damaged items, collection agency fees, and overdue fines for hotspots and ILL items.

Going fine free is another way we inform, enrich and empower our diverse community.

Want to Know More? See Our 'Frequently Asked Questions'

  • Do I still have to pay a fine that was on my account prior to JCPL going fine free?
    • If you've returned everything, your fines have been waived.
  • Is EVERYTHING free of overdue fines?
    • Almost everything! Wifi hotspots are the exception.
  • Why does my account still have a balance?
    • Fees for lost or damaged materials or collection agency fees may still remain.
  • How will the library get people to return borrowed materials?
    • "No fines" does not mean "no responsibility." If your item is overdue more than 28 days, your card privileges will be suspended until you return the item or pay the replacement cost.
  • How is the library budget affected by the loss of fine income?
    • Fines make up less than 1% of the library's annual income.
  • I've always thought of paying my fines as my donation to the library. Can I still donate?
    • Yes! Your donation will support critical library programs and services.