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Greenwich Library closes overdue fines book.Patrons get a clean slate to 'increase access' to collections

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Greenwich — The days of fines for overdue books at the Greenwich Library are becoming a thing of the past.

The new policy eliminating fines will go into effect on Monday at the main building in downtown Greenwich and the Byram and Coscob branches. Additionally, late fines have also been removed, said Kevin McCarthy, director of the independent Perrott Memorial Library in Old Town Greenwich.

Eliminating the fines “removes the financial burden that may have been blocking access” to the use of the library and its annexes, officials said, allowing all town residents, students and employees to access the library’s resources. It said it aims to “increase access” to .

In addition, all currently outstanding fines will be removed from your account and no future fines will be charged for books, DVDs, CDs or any other Greenwich Library collection.

Fines collected from overdue materials have steadily declined in recent years, said Barbara Ormerod Glynn, director of the Greenwich Library. More and more patrons are bringing out digital items such as e-books. Digital items are automatically returned on due date with no penalties.

“The movement to waive fines has been gaining momentum for years,” says Ormerod-Glynn. “Before the pandemic, the American Library Association passed a resolution calling fines ‘a form of social injustice. We watched closely what our fines were doing. ”