The Easton Public Library is permanently fine-free, after a unanimous vote from the Library Board. The Library has been fine-free on a trial basis since March of 2020.
“A permanently fine-free library invites a broader spectrum of Library users by removing the barrier that fines can create,” said Library Director Lynn Zaffino. “Without having to worry about what they owe, patrons feel encouraged to return to the Library again and again to use the wide range of materials and services we provide.”
The fine-free movement has been steadily rising in Connecticut and across the country since the onset of the pandemic. Currently, more than 50 percent of libraries in Connecticut are now fine-free.
Patrons should remember that while past fines for overdue items will be waived, they will still be responsible for lost or damaged materials.