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Fine Free Library

The St. Charles Parish Library is officially fine free beginning January 1, 2021!

We join a growing number of public libraries across Louisiana and the country that are going fine free. The experiences of these libraries have shown that charging overdue fines has little to no impact on materials being returned. In fact, these libraries report that more borrowed items were returned and more people visited the library when they stopped charging overdue fines!

The mission of the St. Charles Parish Library is to empower our community to explore, learn, create, and connect. Eliminating late fines reinforces our mission because we want everyone to feel welcome at the library. Late fines of any amount can be a real barrier to access for many people and make them less likely to use the library.

Of course, no fines does not equal no responsibility! There are still due dates on all items, and we will still charge for any damaged or lost materials. 

So if something is overdue, simply bring it back to the library. There will be no questions asked, and you will not be charged! We want you back at the library in 2021 and beyond. See you soon.

Visit our Fine Free Library webpage.