Capital Area District Library to fine for late books in April

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Capital Area District Library Headquarters is located at the corner of Kalamazoo and Capitol in Downtown LansinBy Marissa High

Marissa High

Ingham County Chronicle staff writer

INGHAM COUNTY – The Capital Area District Library will start to fine for late books on April 2.

The fines for every day a book is late will be 20 cents. Late DVD fees remain at $1 for every late day, but a $2 fine per day for newly released DVDs has been added.

Liz Breed, marketing director at the library, said the decision was made to help circulate books and movies to more people faster.

“What tends to happen is that people will check out a book and keep it until they’re done reading it,” Breed said.

If there is a really popular book, the wait list can become long while a patron is reading the book, she said.

“If they’re long, we can buy more [copies],” Breed said. “But after a while, it’s not going to be popular anymore.”

Breed said that CADL waited to implement the new policy until April so that the news of the late fees would not surprise patrons.

Library patrons mostly positive, according to Stephanie Eder, a librarian for CADL.

Patrons have told Eder they had assumed that late fees were already being charged, she said.

“They are doing us a wonderful service,” said Tammy Harvey, a frequent patron of the CADL. “I’m OK with it.”

Harvey said that she has had to wait a long amount of time for books because people did not return them time. She has at times just decided to buy the book instead.

The DVDs have the longest wait lists, Eder said.

“The Game of Thrones season one just came out, and we already have 300 people waiting for that,” she said.

William Latham has been on the wait list for season seven of the television show House for a month and a half, he said.

“I check every time I come,” Latham said. He is currently at 21 on the list.

Although he doesn’t like paying the fines, he thinks they shorten the waiting time, he said.

“It helps me out,” Latham said.

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