St. Catharines libraries drop late fees for patrons of all ages

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Published February 21, 2023 at 11:02 am

The St. Catharines Downtown Central Branch of the city's public libraries.

Back in May 2021, the St. Catharines Public Library dropped late fees for children, teens and seniors.

As of today (Feb. 21), the 18 to 65-year-old crowd joined in as the libraries have dumped overdue fines for all ages.

The move brings them in line with the other library systems in Niagara, as Welland, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Fort Erie, Thorold, West Lincoln, Wainfleet, Grimsby, Port Colborne and the twinned Lincoln-Pelham libraries have been dumped the fine system for most borrowed items for users of all ages.

With nearly 40,000 adults between 18 to 65 years old holding St. Catharines library cards, the library budgeted to offset the loss of collecting fines this year.

The library is set to make the move after discovering when they lifted the fines for children and seniors nine months ago, the great majority of items, such as books, magazines, DVDs and video games, were still returned on time.

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