Lee-Whedon library in Medina will go fine-free beginning July 1

Posted 30 June 2023 at 12:59 pm

Press Release, Lee-Whedon Memorial Library

MEDINA – Starting July 1st, the Lee-Whedon Memorial Library will go completely fine-free. We eliminated late fines on children’s items two years ago. Now we are eliminating late fines on all our materials. Additionally, we will be eliminating all previously existing fines. Lost and damaged fees will still be charged.

Borrowers are still responsible for returning items in a timely manner. Reminder emails, calls, or postcards will still be used to ensure items are returned. After 28 days, any unreturned materials will be marked lost and the borrower charged the full replacement cost. If materials are marked lost and then returned, the replacement charge will be removed.

“Several libraries in Niagara and Genesee counties have already eliminated late fines and we are excited to do the same,” said Lee-Whedon Director Kristine Mostyn. “Studies have shown the exclusionary impacts of late fines and that they have no impact on the rate of unreturned materials. Eliminating late fines will provide equitable access to our services and aligns with our mission.”

Anyone with questions can contact the library at 585-798-3430.