Library to hold overdue amnesty

Items can be brought back April 18 without fear of fines


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There’s good news for those with overdues.

The Anchroage Library announced last week that it will hold its first overdue materials amnesty day in more than 25 years on Wednesday, April 18.

According to a press release sent out by the library system, the event is a way of recognizing a significant gift from longtime library patron Alfred Hanisch, who died in 2010.

“This is a pretty rare event for us,” said APL interim director Nancy Tileston. “The last one was in the early ‘80s, when Loussac Library was still downtown and before we went live with our first automated circulation system.”

During the 24-hour amnesty period, all overdue materials can be returned with no fine. The amnesty does not apply to existing fines on patrons’ accounts.

Tileston said the idea behind an amnesty is both to get materials back and also encourage patrons to return to the libraries.

“Anecdotal evidence leads us to believe a lot of people stop using the library when they have some overdue items,” Tileston said. “Sometimes from guild and sometimes from fear of a large fine, they hold onto library materials and stop coming to the library. We want the materials back but we also want those people back as active library users.”

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