Bruce County libraries going fine-free June 1st for overdue materials

Bruce County Public Library joins over 200 Libraries across Canada in going fine free. Starting June 1, they will be eliminating overdue fines for Library materials. This change aims to enhance equal access to the library’s extensive resources and services.

Research has consistently shown that fines have not been effective at encouraging the timely return of borrowed materials. By eliminating fines, BCPL is reconnecting with one of its core values to provide barrier-free access to information, resources, and programs for all community members. Libraries in Canada that have already implemented fine free policies, including over 100 just in Ontario, have reported positive outcomes such as increased library usage and the return of long-overdue items.

“Bruce County Public Library is committed to creating a welcoming environment where everyone in our community has access to the resources they need. Going fine free removes significant barriers for many and reinforces our dedication to inclusivity and lifelong learning,” said Library Board Chair Mark Goetz.

As part of this new policy, all outstanding fines on accounts will be forgiven, allowing everyone to fully utilize the new initiative. Eliminating fines does not mean people do not have to return borrowed materials. Fees for lost, damaged or interlibrary loans will remain in place.

Bruce County Public Library is committed to its role as a trusted community connector, digital community facilitator and community sharing place. Consisting of 17 Branches and a Bookmobile BCPL provides access to information, resources, and programs throughout Bruce County.