Southeast Library turns the page on late fees

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The Southeast Regional Library system has ceased charging late fees for overdue materials, retroactive to Jan. 1.

Montmartre branch librarian Angela Englot said late fees have been waived during the COVID-19 pandemic to allow people more time with their books and materials.

“We were doing more curbside pickup and less contact,” Englot said. “Now they decided to go ahead with this as a means to give back to the patrons.”

She added past fines pre-dating the pandemic are also being waived. While she has only been the branch librarian in Montmartre for a few months, Englot said she did not see a lot of fines being charged at the Glenavon library branch where she previously worked.

“(Removing late fees) does save us some administrative steps,” Englot said. “The fines were collected in branch and were forwarded to headquarters in Weyburn. Headquarters would use those funds to buy new materials for the library system.”

While late fees aren’t being charged, lost or damaged items will still be subject to fees.

Keith Borkowsky, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Quad Town Forum