Miami-Dade County

The library will forgive your late fees this month, ‘no questions asked’

Miami-Dade County Public Libraries offers Fine Forgiveness in September 2018. If you return your books, CDs, DVDs and other materials this month the library system will waive its late fees.
Miami-Dade County Public Libraries offers Fine Forgiveness in September 2018. If you return your books, CDs, DVDs and other materials this month the library system will waive its late fees. Twitter

In a trend that has been spreading for a number of years, public libraries have joined the amnesty movement.

Apparently, libraries figure it’s better to collect back its outstanding books, CDs, DVDs and other materials rather than rely on late fee collections.

As such, the Miami-Dade Public Library system announced its participation in Fine Forgiveness Month throughout September. “Just bring back your overdue books or other items and we’ll waive your fines, no questions asked,” MDPLS announced on its website.

Previous endeavors in years’ past included a Food for Fines program in which libraries, including Broward County Libraries (which isn’t announcing participation in this September’s Fine Forgiveness amnesty) waived late fees for people who brought in cans of food.

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Broward County Libraries forgave library fines with a donation of canned food in this 2002 file photo. Marimer Codina Miami Herald File

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