Fine, fine.

Remember how I said that my new library was not spoiling me? It’s getting serious, guys.

I had to run over to the library the other day to pay a 20-cent fine. Was it because I am afraid of fines or am used to not having any? Ha! I’m pretty sure I still have fines at two libraries in Ohio. (Shhh, don’t tell!) But I had to pay this fine, because the library here blocks your card if you have any fines at all, which means no checking books out, no putting holds on anything, and no renewing books. Which of course means that there’s no way to stop your fine from accruing until you go in and return the book, at which point you need to pay the fine anyway because you can’t do anything else until you do!

When I talked to someone on the phone about this before dashing over to pay my 20 cents, he said that they’re going to change this soon. THANK GOODNESS.

6 thoughts on “Fine, fine.

  1. Alison says:

    That's what I'm used to! I was just shocked when I found out it was different here. I'll have to keep a better eye on my due dates for now!

  2. Cari says:

    Nooooo! Bad library! Can you imagine how people would flip if we had it that way here?

    We just changed to a $15 threshold from a $25. I haven't heard too much complaining from patrons… I was expecting tons.

  3. Alison says:

    $15 is not too bad. In my experience, it takes a while to get up to $10 or so, and then after that you're like, “Well, I've already got all these fines, why should I care about having more?” And then you end up getting a collection bureau notice. As a twelve-year-old. That'll scare you straight. πŸ™‚

    I am surprised there haven't been picketers, though. I've met the people that frequent the TPL!

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