National Library Week means amnesty at Vail Public Library
Ryan Summerlin April 9, 2013
For the fourth year, the town of Vail Public Library is offering a “fine free month” that will kick-off during National Library Week, set for April 14-20. In an effort to recover overdue library materials, the library is offering a “fine free” month. Imagine the frustration of a patron who desperately needs a particular book to complete a project, or the patron who has been eagerly awaiting the return of a popular DVD. However, week after week, she or he discovers the desired item is checked out and actually overdue.
To remove at least one of the barriers to returning overdue library materials the Vail Public Library borrowers are encouraged to return their overdue library materials without penalty or fine during an amnesty to be held from April 14-30. Materials returned to either the library or the book drop must be in good condition but no questions will be asked nor fines assessed.
The purpose of the amnesty is to promote the return of needed library materials and to promote increased use of the library. The amnesty does not include overdue fines still on record from previously returned materials. While some materials are simply lost, a great many are still in the hands of the patrons who checked them out. With a “no questions asked” amnesty period, the embarrassment and fear of paying large fines as obstacles to the return of long-overdue materials will be removed.
For more information on the library’s amnesty program, call 970-479-2187.