Currently, 19 percent of juvenile cardholders at St. Louis County Library are unable to check out materials due to overdue fines. In an effort to give children greater access to books and other library resources, St. Louis County Library has announced that it will no longer charge fees on overdue children’s items.
Items exempt from overdue fees must be designated “juvenile” in the library’s catalog; overdue items catalogued as teen or adult will still be charged. The age of the person checking out the material will not matter.
“We are always looking for ways to remove barriers and increase access to library materials and services particularly for children,” said Library Director Kristen Sorth. “Removing overdue charges for children's materials helps make the library’s resources more accessible and supports literacy efforts for our youngest patrons.”
Though overdue fines will no longer be collected on juvenile items, overdue notices will still be sent, and items not returned within 45 days of their due date will be considered lost and patrons will be responsible for paying for the full cost of the item.
St. Louis County Library encourages families to continue returning materials by their due date to ensure that they are available for use by others, or to renew them in person at the library, online, using the SLCL mobile app or by calling 314-994-3300. For more information on borrowing materials visit www.slcl.org/using-the-library/borrowing.