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La Crosse Public Library considers removing late fees

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - The traditional fine for keeping a library book too long could be going away in La Crosse.

The La Crosse Public Library is thinking of removing late fees.

Instead of the current charge per late day for overdue items, the city's libraries would instead not allow visitors to check out new items until the late item is either brought back or replaced.

Library leaders say the overdue charges creates a barrier for many people, especially for some of La Crosse's most vulnerable families.

"When you are concerned with keeping a roof over your head, if you are in transition, the last thing you have time to worry about is whether or not you've got your library books back on time," says Kelly Krieg-Sigman, Library Director of La Crosse Public Library.

The library's director also says the change will not impact the system's budget.

Overdue fines currently account for less than 1.5% of the La Crosse Public Library's budget.


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