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OPL goes fine-free on all library materials for the rest of 2020

Beginning June 17, 2020 no overdue fines will accumulate on library materials at OPL for the remainder of the 2020 calendar year. This initiative is in effect until December 31, 2020.

What qualifies as an overdue fine?

Overdue fines – also called late fees – accumulate on any material not returned on or before its due date. This initiative does not apply to fees related to lost or damaged items, holds expired, referral fees, or any administrative fees.

Why is OPL removing overdue fines on materials?

OPL is removing overdue fines to reduce the economic impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our community. Fines are a barrier to library access and OPL is committed to reducing barriers and supporting equitable access to literacy in our community. We are eliminating fines to enable members of the community to access library collections without fear of penalty during these uncertain times.

What items will not accumulate fines during the remainder of the 2020 calendar year?

All library materials will not accumulate fines from June 17, 2020 to December 31, 2020. This includes any print materials, audio-visual materials, technology (Wi-Fi Hotspots, laptops, etc.), Tinker Toys, Sports lending equipment, or other kits.

Can customers have fines from previous years or from prior to June 17, 2020 waived?

No, OPL will not waive past overdue fines on items that have accumulated before June 17, 2020.

Does the initiative apply to items already checked out on my card?

Yes. With this initiative, no fines will accumulate on library items checked out on any type of card as of June 17, 2020.

How will this initiative change the experience at the library?

This initiative will give customers more freedom to explore our collection, and removes the added stress of facing overdue fines. To ensure borrowed items are still returned in a timely fashion, we are implementing a limit of two overdue items. Starting June 17, 2020, library accounts with more than two overdue library items will be blocked from borrowing more physical materials until the overdue materials are renewed or returned.

How do I get my card unblocked?

Starting June 17, 2020, library accounts with more than two library items that are overdue will be blocked, until the items are renewed or returned. To remove the block from your card, simply return or renew your overdue items and your card will automatically unblock within 24 hours. Should you need assistance or to speak with someone directly, call your local branch or email oplreference@oakville.ca.

Will this program affect OPL’s revenue?

No. Overdue fines in this category represent a small percentage of the library’s operating budget. Eliminating these types of fines aligns with our strategic priorities as an organization, and will not have a significant impact on our overall budget.


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