Fine Free

Good News! Fine Free Borrowing is Here

August 2020

Fall in Love with Your Library All Over Again: The Latah County Library is Officially Fine Free! 

Late fees will no longer be charged for overdue materials borrowed from Valnet libraries.*

Going fine free is one way many public libraries are working to create barrier-free, equal access to a world of physical and digital resources that support lifelong learning, early literacy, and leisure interests.

Will my previous fines be forgiven?
Yes! All overdue fines will be forgiven.

Does the fine free policy apply to other charges?
We know you’ll try to take good care of your borrowed items! But no, fees still apply to lost or damaged items and will be applied to patron accounts accordingly.

You will still be responsible for Interlibrary loan fees and due dates set by the lending library (“Interlibrary loan” materials are borrowed from libraries outside the Valnet consortium). 

Without fines, how will the library get materials returned?
The library will continue to issue reminders when due dates are approaching and when an item is overdue. At this time, because of COVID-19 impacts on library service, once an item is 10 or more days past the due date no other items may be checked out. Access to Overdrive/Libby, library computers, and Kanopy will be restricted until the item is returned, or paid for if lost or damaged.When our library service returns to normal this grace period will be reduced.

If you’re late returning your library materials and feel the need to make up for it with a small monetary donation, we’re happy to accept your voluntary “fine” to put toward library collections and services! Our goal is to let you enjoy what you borrow from the library and then come back for more. We do encourage you to return your materials on time to allow other people to enjoy them as much as you did.

Check-outs, Due Dates & Overdue Items

Even if you check out your materials at one of the Latah County libraries, other Valnet libraries may have different loan limits and check-out periods on items they own. Be sure to check your account or receipt for actual due dates. Keep in mind, items that have been reserved by other patrons cannot be renewed. 

*Items borrowed from, and returned at, Grangeville Centennial Library are subject to late fees.