Libraries cut late fees to draw users

Under-25s to get biggest fine reduction at Toronto branches

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The Pape Library one of 100 Toronto Public Library branches reducing late fees for those under 25. Jody Anderson/Toronto Observer

Those under 25 will notice a big drop in in fines as Toronto public libraries cut late fees, starting this week.

Young adults between 18 and 25 pay 15 cents per day, down from 40 cents. Their maximum fine will be $6, which is $10 less than previously.

Teenagers from 13 to 17 get a 5 cent decrease at 15 cents per day. Children under 13 will be charged 10 cents per day, to a maximum of $4 per item.

Reduced late fees are an attempt to draw a larger crowd to the Toronto Public Library without risking financial concerns, says Michelle Leung, communications officer at TPL. “It’s part of an effort to welcome more people to the library and encourage more kids, teens and adults under 25 to use the library.”

Changes include a lower fine rate for DVD rentals and a two-week rental period of TV series instead of one week.

According to the Toronto Public Library Foundation, 70 per cent of Torontonians use the library’s resources. That includes digital services, such as Hoopla for downloads and Lynda for online tutorials.



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Posted: Oct 13 2016 3:44 pm
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