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Austin Public Library drops late fees, will promote equity and access

Austin Public Library drops late fees, will promote equity and access

Adult patrons of the Austin Public Library will no longer pay late fees on overdue materials — a step city officials say is aimed at promoting equity and expanding access to the library for all Austinites.

The city projects that eliminating overdue fees will result in a drop of about $300,000 in revenue this fiscal year and $350,000 in subsequent years. Revenue from late fees flows to the city’s general fund for redistribution. 

The change was approved Feb. 17 by the City Council and went into effect Feb. 28. Library patrons who accrued fees before Feb. 28 will still have to pay any balance currently owed, said Baylor Johnson, public information and marketing manager for the library system. Between 2019 and 2021,15,579 library users were charged late fees, according to the city.

https://www.statesman.com/story/news/2022/03/07/austin-public-library-drop-late-fees-promote-equity-access/9367459002/