Joplin Public Library Eliminates Overdue Fees

As of August 1, 2018 Joplin Public Library patrons can borrow items from JPL without accruing overdue fines.  In addition, JPL has erased overdue fines patrons previously owed.

The change should increase patrons’ access to the more than 120,000 items in the library collection.

Patrons who have items that are lost, damaged, or simply not returned will still owe for those items, plus a non-refundable administration fee.  If an account has to be referred to a collection agency to get items returned, a collection agency fee will also be charged.

Items received through interlibrary loan (ILL) will continue to accrue overdue fines as those come from the lending library.  Fees will also apply when items are placed on hold but not picked up.

Library Director Jacque Gage says, “I hope this move will allow more people to utilize the library, as well as allow us to reconnect with former patrons who have not yet been able to enjoy the new library facility due to overdue fines.  This will give a clean slate for those who just managed to return materials late.”

Please contact Joplin Public Library at 417-623-7953 for more information about this.