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Tulsa City-County Library eliminates fines starting July 1

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Posted at 8:55 AM, Jul 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-01 09:55:46-04

TULSA — The Tulsa City-County Library will begin eliminating fines starting July 1.

During this challenging time, TCCL joins public library systems across the U.S. to provide more access by going 'Fine Free.'

Moving our library system to a Fine Free model really speaks to TCCL’s commitment to equitable and accessible service. It’s a direction we’ve been moving toward steadily over the years and it highlights the importance we place on making sure our customers can enjoy books, movies, music and all our services without preventative barriers like late fines. We know that accumulated overdue fines prevent some customers from using our services. It’s more important to us that items are returned, than it is to build up late fines that might prevent a customer from using their library.
Kimberly Johnson | TCCL CEO

TCCL will forgive all fines starting on July 1 as well. Lost or damaged items from TCCL will still be charged to the cardholder's account, according to an official press release.

More than 100 major libraries in the United States have moved to the 'Fine Free' model to remove barriers, increase users, circulation and reduce lost items.

For information on TCCL programs and services, click here.

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