January 04, 2018
OCL goes fine free
You are now entering a fine free zone
The Oxford County Library has removed late fines for 2018 on a one year trial basis. We have removed all exisiting late fines on patron's accounts.
Starting January 1, rather than issuing fines for overdue materials, if there are ten or more overdue items on their account (20 for children) patrons will be required to return overdue items in order to borrow additional materials. Patrons will continue to receive courtesy emails alerting them when items are due three days before the due date, and when an overdue item has been placed on hold by another patron. Financial penalties for lost or damaged items will remain in place.
“Oxford County Library is proud to be among the first public library systems in Ontario to put a fine free program in place. We want our libraries to be inclusive spaces, and we want to reduce barriers for individuals and families, encouraging them to visit and make the most of all the resources available to them. The vast majority of our customers are conscientious about the need to return items on time, but we recognize how easy it is to accrue overdue fines, particularly for families who borrow large quantities. We know the critical importance of reading to a child’s development, so the Library Board has taken this action to remove the punitive and discouraging interaction of fines collection.” - Lisa Miettinen, CEO/Chief Librarian