New York Public Library Will No Longer Charge Late Fees

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The largest library in the United States, aka The New York Public Library will officially get rid of late fees.

Officials from the New York Public Library have officially declared they will stop charging people for overdue books. In addition to this statement, they also will expunge any outstanding debt for people who owe in late fees. This means more than 400,000 New Yorkers whose library cards have been suspended for owing more than $15 in late fees will be able to return to borrowing books from the establishment.

According to library president Anthony W. Marx. Marx says overdue fees are "an antiquated ineffective way to encourage patrons to return their books; for those who can afford the fines, they are barely an incentive. For those who can't afford the fines — disproportionately low-income New Yorkers — they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept."

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