MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Public Library announced today they will begin to eliminate overdue fines.
The elimination of fines will be for rental books and other educational material.
MPL joins over 140 libraries nationwide who have made a “no fines” policy to their business model.
“There is mounting evidence that indicates eliminating fines increases library card adoption and library usage,” said the American Library Association.
The MPL hopes the new change will bring more readers to the libraries.
Library staff hopes more former library goers will return and it will reactivate the more that 190,000 dormant library accounts.
Increased library card adoption is also among the key benefits of implementing this new policy.
Keenon McCloy, Director of the Memphis Public Library, said in a release:
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