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No Late Fees at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Philadelphians will now be able to access library books without worrying about a late fee. This past Wednesday, there was a vote from the board of trustees of the Free Library of Philadelphia to approve a measure to drop late fees on most overdue books. The board is excited to welcome past customers who have overdue books and other materials back into the library.

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The board of trustees chair, Pamela Dembe, says “We are delighted to be able to join libraries from across the country in removing overdue materials fines as a barriers for customers”. They are also looking forward to welcoming back patrons who have had missing items for a long time. As for right now, the date for this change is yet to be determined, but for now most items don’t have a late fee. Only those items that are lost or destroyed have fees, and those fees are the cost of the item. However if the item is returned or replaced there is no fine.

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The library will remain under it’s current policy until training for staff has been completed and logistical and technical policies have been put in place.

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The Free Library in Your Front Yard

We all love libraries, but if you’ve ever had to wade twenty minutes through the snow just to get your reserves, you might wish to have one closer to home. And it’s possible! With Little Free Libraries. And fear not! Whether you live in the forest or in Brooklyn, you can make little free libraries part of your life, and you should. What’s better than adding community libraries to the public ones?

 

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If you’ve got the resources and the space, you can start a library of your own whenever you want to. There are tons of designs and colors on their website, and you can put one anywhere you have two square feet of land and about four vertical. I’ve seen them tucked into gardens, hanging over wrought iron fences, and on the side of the road. Just donate a few books (or thrift them up) and you’re running a library. But if you’re renting, or restless, don’t despair. There are little libraries near you.

 

 

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Okay, so your library probably won’t be in a defunct phone booth, but the little hutches on the website are cute as it gets, and there’s nothing like getting lost on a cold night and stumbling across a tiny library draped in ivy. But you don’t have to just wander Brooklyn hoping to stumble across something magical (though I do recommend it if you have the time)—because they have a map of all their locations.

 

 

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There are over 90,000 locations in 90 countries, according to their website, but they can be few and far between in some areas. That’s why it’s so important to start new ones anywhere and everywhere possible! But don’t lose hope. There are two in my neighborhood, so if you’re in any kind of city, you’ll probably have decent luck, and it’s always worth a check either way. There are also sometimes free libraries in parks, so you might be able to find or start one that way. Wherever you live and whatever you read, the Little Free Library is a wonderful resource for book sharing.

 

 

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