Largest public library system in U.S. ends late fees in push for equity

The largest public library system in the country is no longer charging late fees — and is clearing the books for those with outstanding debts.

The New York Public Library said Tuesday the change would be effective immediately, in hopes that the new policy will encourage increased use of its collections and create a “more equitable system that does not disproportionately impact high-need communities.”

Library president Anthony W. Marx called fines an “antiquated ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books; for those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive.”

The largest public library system in the country is no longer charging late fees — and is clearing the books for those with outstanding debts.

The New York Public Library said Tuesday the change would be effective immediately, in hopes that the new policy will encourage increased use of its […]

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