CONTACT: Claudia Balarin
O: 210-207-2614, C: 407-288-0310
SAN ANTONIO (June 13, 2019) - In an effort to make Library materials more accessible to children and teens, the San Antonio Public Library, will not be charging overdue fines for books and materials classified as “juvenile or “young adult” during a pilot program. The pilot program, which launched softly on June 3, will extend through spring 2020 at which time it will be evaluated based on community feedback.
The Library’s FAQ explains more details about the program (guides.mysapl.org/Fine-FreePilotProgram):
- The program applies to items classified as “juvenile” or “young adult” returned on or after June 3, 2019.
- “Juvenile” or “young adult” items returned on or after June 3, 2019 will not be assessed fines regardless of when they were checked out.
- Lost or damaged items will still be assessed fees.
“The San Antonio Public Library is piloting a program to alleviate the burden families face when it comes to Library fines,” says Ramiro S. Salazar, Library Director. “The Library’s top priority is to mitigate unintended barriers to access and make our services and materials more available to everyone. We recognize that fines can serve as a barrier preventing some families – especially those who do not have disposable income to pay the fines - from returning to the Library because of fines that accrue. We believe that Library fines on juvenile and teen materials disproportionately affect people living in poverty.”
The Library selected the summer months to launch the program, a time when more children and teens are using the Library during the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club and Summer Reading Program. Maintaining reading levels throughout the summer is crucial for children and teens as they prepare for the next school year.
View the Library’s juvenile and young adult collection of books, DVDs, and more by visiting mysapl.org.