Fine Free = Barrier Free

Posted On Wednesday May 22, 2019

HHPL believes children and teens should have barrier-free access to information, and that by removing barriers, their growth and literacy potential can be greatly improved. As a result the Halton Hills Public Library is expanding our fine-free policy for babies to now include children and teens. For many families, this announcement will offer a fresh start. The fear of accumulating late fees for overdue items can be a barrier to borrowing essential resources, using library technology, or even visiting the Library. Every child and teen should have the opportunity to access books, music, information and technology as needed for literacy, discovery and learning. This new policy takes effect June 15, 2019.

Libraries are critical to marginalized and underserved communities. In order to create a stronger and healthier community, HHPL is committed to offering fine-free library memberships that remove barriers to service for children and teens. These barriers can have a significant community impact. This fine-free initiative fits within the Library’s Strategic Plan, which positions the Library as a community place where everyone of every age can grow and learn.

As a result, when a child or teen checks out a book, audiobook or movie from the Library, they will no longer have the stress hanging over their head of receiving a fine. Eventually all existing fines on accounts belonging to children and teens will be wiped clear.

Please keep in mind though, that if an item remains overdue for too long, it will be assumed lost and you will no longer be able to check out new items until the book is returned or the replacement cost is paid.

The Library will continue to email reminders to patrons three days before items are due. In addition, a new reminder will be issued when an item is two weeks overdue. It is the patron’s responsibility to check their email (including spam/junk folders) for notices.

For information about fine free for kids and teens, please visit HHPL.on.ca or call the Acton or Georgetown branches to speak to a Librarian. Again, this policy takes effect June 15, 2019.