The Guntersville Library says it will now be permanently fine free.
"Late fines create a financial barrier for some patrons, when their only 'crime' was keeping their materials a little too long," the library said in a post on its Facebook page. "If unable to pay, patrons often stop using the library. And we certainly never want anyone to have to choose between paying late fines or paying bills."
The library said it noticed the fines were unnecessary when it eliminated late fees during the pandemic. Materials were still being returned at about the same rate they always were.
Right now, the library working to eliminate old overdue fines. The only fines that will remain on anyone's account are the ones for lost or damaged materials. Moving forward, patrons can still be charged for lost or damaged materials.