We are offering autorenewals by default for the majority of our items.
How automatic renewals work:
Franklin Park Library is fine free as of fall 2021.
Overdue fines are not be charged on most Franklin Park Library items.
Fines are still assessed for:
Fines on items from other libraries may be assessed on your account if that library is not fine free.
Being fine free lifts the financial barriers to library use and increases access for the entire Franklin Park community.
Going fine free creates a positive experience without the additional financial worry fines can bring. This may encourage you to use the library more frequently and check out more items, and library staff can focus on customer service rather than fines. Everyone benefits by going fine free.
Items still have due dates, and you remain accountable for returning items. Most items renew automatically up to two times, as long as there are no holds on the item. View item loan periods here.
Signing up for email and text reminders to help you return items on time. Learn more here. When items are returned early or on time, your fellow patrons can borrow items sooner.
If items are overdue by 14 days or more, your library account will be blocked for both physical and digital checkouts. The block will be removed once items are returned or your bill is paid.
These procedures are in place to continue to motivate everyone to return items in a timely fashion.
Fines are a daily amount charged for each day the item is overdue. These are the charges being dropped.
Fees are a replacement cost for items that are damaged or not returned. Fees are not waived if the item is over 60 days overdue.
If you are having a difficult time paying fees, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. If you check out an item at a library that is not fine free, you can still be charged a fine from that library. However, many area libraries have already made the decision to go fine free.
If you return the item, the charges will be removed. However, if the item is 60 days+ overdue, it is not eligible for a fee waiver and the replacement cost will be charged.
Circulation Services accepts cash, credit cards, and personal checks to pay for fees.
The lack of fines does not affect how quickly items are returned. Return rates tend to stay the same as before, and patrons appreciate the extra time to return an item and not be charged.
Income generated by fines is less than 0.38% of the Library’s budget, and the Library does not rely on this income for regular operations.
Fines are meant to encourage the timely return of items as opposed to being a steady source of revenue.
Most items checked out at Franklin Park Library will be fine free for all patrons, however, you may have fees on your account from your home library. Please check with your home library for further information.