Something Close To Our Hearts – Libraries Junk Overdue Fines

Soon the readers will all be rushing in — but with no fear of fines for overdues
The KCDC reports: ‘We’ve removed overdue fines from our libraries. So read fine-free  — overdue fines are no more!


“We want to make sure everyone in our district has access to our libraries, and overdue fees are often a barrier, says the Kāpiti Coast Council.

“That’s why we’ve joined Fine Free Public Libraries Aotearoa, and have just removed all overdue fees, including historic ones!

“People who can least afford the fines are often those who need library services the most, so we’re also waiving all historic overdue fees.”

Research shows removing fines means libraries are used more, increasing membership and borrowing, and supporting better literacy outcomes.

Some fees still apply – when checking out a bestseller book, for example. That won’t stop you using our libraries though – just come along, pick up a book and feed a lifelong love of reading.”

Aotearoa’s Fine-Free Libraries

And all these libraries have withdrawn overdue fees for all children and young adults, and adults.

List of Fine Free Libraries

  • Auckland Libraries
  • Carterton District Library
  • Central Hawkes Bay District Libraries
  • Christchurch City Libraries
  • Clutha District Libraries
  • Dunedin Public Libraries
  • Far North District Libraries
  • Gisborne District Library
  • Horowhenua District Library
  • Hutt City Libraries
  • Invercargill City Libraries
  • Kaipara District Library
  • Kapiti Coast District Libraries
  • Kawerau District Library
  • Mackenzie Community Library
  • Masterton District Library
  • Nelson Public Libraries
  • Ōpōtiki District Library
  • Porirua Public Library
  • Rangitikei District Libraries
  • Rotorua Library Te Aka Mauri
  • Selwyn Libraries
  • South Taranaki District Libraries
  • Stratford District and Centennial Library
  • Tasman District Libraries
  • Timaru District Libraries
  • Upper Hutt City Libraries
  • Waikato District Libraries
  • Waimakariri District Libraries
  • Wairarapa Library Service
  • Wellington City Libraries
  • Westland District Library
  • Whangārei District Libraries

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