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County of SLO Public Libraries: 100 years of culture, creativity, and community.

Libraries Eliminate Overdue Fines

Author: Library Administration
Date: 1/22/2019 8:00:00 AM

As of February 1, 2019, County of San Luis Obispo Libraries will no longer charge overdue fines on materials returned to the libraries.


Beginning February 1, 2019, the County of San Luis Obispo Public Libraries will no longer charge patrons overdue fines on materials returned to the libraries. In addition, any fines from overdue books that were returned at a previous time will be removed by library staff at a patron’s request.

Patrons will still be responsible for returning materials that they have checked out. Also, the new policy will not affect fees for lost items or damaged items.

“We want to get library materials into as many peoples’ hands as possible, and overdue fines create a barrier to access,” said Library Director Chris Barnickel. “We are pleased to join a growing number of California libraries that are eliminating overdue fines.”

For more information, visit our website, call, or visit your local library branch. A directory of branches can be found at slolibrary.org.