As part of Markham Public Library’s 50th anniversary celebration, MPL is pleased to announce it is eliminating overdue fines for library materials borrowed by kids and teens starting on May 12, 2021.
Going forward, all kids and teens will not be charged for any overdue fines for late return of library materials.
Historically, overdue fines were meant to encourage timely return of borrowed materials but recent studies have shown that it actually deters people from borrowing. Many studies have shown that fines discourage library use, cutting families off from accessing books and resources they need to support learning.
“We want to foster a love for reading in all Markham children and teens. This means eliminating all barriers and providing equal access to the library. MPL’s Fine Free Program ensures children and teens of all economic backgrounds can enjoy the library without having to worry about the financial implications of overdue fines. Public Libraries have always been the place where everyone has the opportunity to learn and grow through free access to information and resources. We are proud of this milestone, which advances MPL’s priorities of inclusion and connection in our new strategic plan. We are excited to see more children and teens start using the library.” says Catherine Biss, CEO of Markham Public Library.
With the implementation of the Fine Free Program, there are also a few changes to the current borrowing rules to ensure all customers get equal opportunities to access MPL’s collections. Unlimited renewals will be changed to 3 renewals which still gives customers ample time to enjoy library materials. Missing items will be deemed lost in 21 days instead of 42 days. For additional information about MPL’s borrowing rules please check here.