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Sacramento Public Library is Fine Free

California’s fourth largest library system permanently eliminates overdue fines for all

Sacramento, CA (June 21, 2021)—Starting July 1, Sacramento Public Library (SPL) will be fine free. The library board voted unanimously to permanently end fines on overdue Sacramento Public Library materials last month.

“This is long overdue for the Sacramento region and a game changer for the communities we serve,” said Library Director & CEO Rivkah Sass. “By eliminating overdue fines, we’re able to remove barriers to learning resources and opportunities that are especially critical in these times and that go far beyond books.

Last year, the library temporarily suspended overdue fines to increase library access during the pandemic. Such fines can deter users from checking out materials, and prevent access to vital library services. A Sacramento Public Library card unlocks the paywall in front of more than 40 online resources, language learning tools and thousands of professional classes and tutorials with Gale Courses and LinkedIn Learning.

Library patrons who have overdue books can return them at any library location without incurring late charges. Learn more at www.saclibrary.org.