Library fines on children’s materials are gone for good in Rochester.
Last year, the city set out a one-year pilot program to put an end to library fines.
On Monday, Mayor Lovely Warren announced that the decision to end those fines is now permanent.
Since the fines were dropped, there has been a 10% increase in the number of cards issued, and, fewer accounts in collections.
“It’s all about removing barriers,” said library director Patty Uttaro. “We want people to have a good experience using the library. We don’t want to hear those awful stories about how ‘I had $5 in fines, therefore I never went back to the library ever again.”
Since the pilot program began, more cities across the country have also removed fines.