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San Jose City Councilmember Pierluigi Oliverio told KCBS that the reason for patrons racking up such huge fines is the library’s policy to allow people to check out too many books.
“The library’s policy of allowing 100 items at a time, per person I think adds to the chances you’re gonna have things like this,” Oliverio said. In Oakland, the limit is 40 books, and in San Francisco it’s 50.READ MORE: COVID: Lower Levels Of Viral RNA In Wastewater May Signal Turning Point In Surge
Oliverio is suggesting an amnesty program to allow those books to be returned without patrons facing fines.
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Seven other patrons have accumulated late fees totaling more than $5,000 each.