SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Overdue fines are a thing of the past at the San Francisco Public Library.

Effective Monday, the library will no longer charge overdue fines. Additionally, all outstanding overdue fines are cleared from borrowers’ records.

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Fine forgiveness applies to the Main Library, all neighborhood branches and bookmobiles.

Library users will still be charged for lost or damaged books and materials.

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The move places the library among a growing number of fine-free libraries in the Bay Area and across the country.

The library says eliminating overdue fines helps increase patron access, makes better use of staff time, and helps build a better relationship with the community.

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