Powell River Public Library waives fines

Change reduces need for in-person transactions

Safely welcoming patrons back after such an uncertain few months is a priority for Powell River Public Library’s staff and board.

“Removing barriers to access is one of the ways we are making it easier for people to use library resources to the fullest,” stated chief librarian Rebecca Burbank in a media release.

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“At the June meeting, the library board passed a motion to remove all outstanding fines and not bill overdue fines through the end of 2020,” stated Burbank. “This will support Powell River Public Library patrons as we move into the next phases of restoring services, and patrons are accessing our space.

“This change will reduce the need for in-person transactions. It will also help to reduce barriers to library services and give us another way to welcome our patrons back in what will be an uncertain step for many.”

Burbank stated that the library is currently open for library takeout, remote tech support by appointment, public computer access, as well as printing and scanning.

“If you haven’t already, check our website, prpl.ca, for the full listing of our digital programs and resources like virtual writing groups, story time and a growing collection of eBooks and eAudio,” stated Burbank.

She added that she had received a question about fines for materials from other libraries, and they have not been waived, neither have charges for copies.

“We will continue to charge for items lost or damaged moving forward,” stated Burbank.

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