We’re going fine-free for kids!

We’re reducing barriers & giving kids more access to literacy.

Beginning Family Day 2019, no overdue fines will accrue on qualifying children’s print materials at Oakville Public Library, including children’s books and magazines, Storytelling Kits and Enviro-Packs. (See the What’s Included chart below for a detailed list of qualifying items).

What qualifies as an overdue fine?

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

Why is OPL removing overdue fines on these items?

Fines are barriers to library access. The Oakville Public Library is committed to reducing barriers and supporting equitable access to literacy in our community.

Does this program apply to children’s DVDs or CDs?

No. The program only applies to children’s print materials (books), Storytelling Kits, magazines and Enviro-Packs. It does not apply to DVDs or CDs of any kind, including video games. (See the What’s Included chart below for a detailed list of qualifying items).

I’m a parent. Does the program apply to children’s items checked out on my card?

Yes. With this new program, no overdue fines will accrue on qualifying children’s items checked out on any type of card.

What happens to the children’s overdue fines that I had on my account before Family Day 2019 – will they be waived?

Yes. OPL will waive overdue fines on qualifying children’s items that have accrued before February 18, 2019. However, customers must come into any OPL branch and request to have these fines waived – it cannot be done over the phone, automatically or online.

How will this program change my experience at the library?

If you regularly check out children’s materials, this new program will give you more freedom, and remove the added stress of facing overdue fines. To ensure borrowed items are still returned in a timely fashion, we are implementing a new block limit of two overdue items, for qualifying children’s materials. Starting Family Day, cards with more than two qualifying children’s materials that are overdue will be blocked, until the materials are renewed or returned. (See the What’s Included chart below for a detailed list of qualifying items).

How do I get my card unblocked?

Starting Family Day, cards with more than two qualifying children’s 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 us at 905-815-2042, 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.

 

What’s included: What’s not included:
Children’s Print Materials (magazines, easy readers, picture books, junior fiction etc.) DVDs, audiobooks, Blu-rays, or CDs of any type including video games
Enviro-Packs Any FastLane materials
Storytelling Kits Adult print materials (including interlibrary loan items)
Juvenile Interlibrary Loan Items (ILLO) Teen print materials (including interlibrary loan items)
WiFi Hotspots, Osmos, Laptops, Tinker Toys

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