There are many things happening in the library world, but we’ve got the scoop on the latest trend in libraries: eliminating fines.

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your work with public libraries?

2. A lot of librarians fear that if there’s no fine, the users won’t return the book(s). Are there any data that show that removing fines is beneficial for the library in the long run?

Our review of research, along with recent circulation statistics from libraries that have eliminated late fines, invalidate this myth.

3. What is the first step a library has to take in their path to removing late fines or fees? How can they decide what fines or fees they want to remove without affecting their overall budget?

4. If a library could remove a fine tomorrow, what would it be?

5. Finally, how can a library convince their board members or city council that the idea of removing fines is worth pursuing?