Porter County Public Library System has eliminated overdue fines for all library patrons. This demonstrates that our library system is committed to providing free and equal access to information, library resources, independent learning, and the joys of reading.
It is important to understand the difference between overdue fines and fees. Overdue fines are the daily charges applied to items not returned by their specified due date. These are the fines that will no longer be charged to patrons. Replacement fees are charges applied for lost, damaged, or unreturned materials, and are still in effect. Fees may also be incurred when purchasing a replacement library card (new patron cards are free).
What if I misplaced a book and can’t return it? Did PCPLS eliminate replacement fees?
While we have eliminated overdue fines, library users are still responsible for fees associated with the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials they check out.