Fines and fees seem to have arisen recently on the library consciousness. A new column today on Library Journal discusses the issue from a primarily public-library perspective, based on a library’s recent decision to begin charging a fee for the use of meeting room space. I’ve also seen this issue discussed on a few Facebook librarian groups I participate in, and it’s come up yet again in the main academic library. We at the branch library remain fond of fines–it’s how we end up getting a lot of materials back!–but those at the main library want to remove this barrier to access. Where does your library fall? And how do you feel about it? Do you charge at all? Do you charge fees for space or just materials?
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