Fine Free

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

OCPL city libraries are now fine free. That’s right! We don't charge fines on late items! This ensures that all people have access to library books, materials, and services, which is our primary purpose as a public library. All Syracuse city libraries are now fine free, joining several suburban libraries that are completely, or partially fine free. Call your library for details!

OCPL Fine Free in the News:

 What fine free means for you:

  • You will no longer receive a daily late fine on overdue items.
  • You are still responsible for returning your items. We do want all items back and lost/damaged fees will still apply.
  • The library will send you a series of reminders to return your items.

Why does the Library want to eliminate overdue fines?

  • Eliminating overdue fines and increasing access to the Library benefits our entire community!
  • Children enjoy picture books and early learning materials that help them prepare for kindergarten and beyond.
  • Jobseekers can borrow our books and use our resources on resume writing, workforce skills, interview techniques and more.
  • Teens can be introduced to books and authors that inspire creativity and innovation.
  • Immigrants and New Americans can gain access to materials that will help them succeed in their new home

The Onondaga County Public Libraries belong to the people of Onondaga County. It is our job as a public library to ensure that all people can enjoy and advance from our vast collection and we hope to encourage prior users to come back and attract new users to experience our offerings.