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Wake County libraries will no longer assess book late fees

For Jill Nelson checking out books at the library often came with a quick shuffle through her family’s six library cards.

She got each of her five children their own library card to help teach them about responsibility and independence. But that also came with late fees from the Wake County Public Libraries.

But as of Jan. 2 the library wiped late fees for nearly 300,000 people like Nelson. And it won’t issue any more late fees in the future.

Wake County has renewed efforts on getting library resources into the hands of people who most need their services, Burlingame said, and waving the fees is one way to reach those people.

People will still be fined for losing a book and never returning it. But those fees will be waived once the book is returned.

Full News & Observer story here.