Library fines could go up

That overdue library book may soon cost you a little more. The Seattle Public Library is considering a hike in fines to help offset its budget woes. Here’s a look at some of the proposed fines:

  • The daily fine for an overdue book, CD, or DVD would change from 15 cents a day to 25 cents a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue interlibrary loan (an item borrowed from outside The Seattle Public Library) would change from 25 cents a day to $1 a day.
  • The daily fine for an overdue reference resource would change from 15 cents a day to $1 a day.

The Library Board will take public comment on the proposed changes at its 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 meeting at the Central Library on 4th Avenue.

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Pandabur
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Pandabur

I think this is a great idea. There is minimal incentive to return a book on time when the fine is so small!!

m
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m

I agree – and keeping our libraries funded is a worthy investment.

One Two Buckle My Shoe
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One Two Buckle My Shoe

With the price of the printed page so low it is cheaper just to buy the book so fines can not go up too high. This seems like a right amount.

Nothing to see here
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Nothing to see here

What is the price to use the bathroom?

What about sleep in the library?

What about sleep in the bushes to the immediate north of the library?

I hear its still free to yell at people out in front for not giving you money, phew.

Bark more, wag less
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Bark more, wag less

User fees: the best way to make up the difference in these difficult times.

Tomas
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Tomas

As long as the money goes back into the library – rather then paying for pothole repair or something then I’m fine With it.

JoelSails
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JoelSails

Keep the fines in the library.
Today it is cheaper to keep the book than turn it in on time.
50 cents would be a good incentive to get the book back on time, maybe then the held books would come back sooner.

Lucia
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Lucia

I try to get my materials back on time but I am a person with disabilities on a low-income. I would love to be able to make my due date but often cannot. I have a hard time with the price as it is.

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