Welcome Back to the Library Days! Halifax Public Libraries are ready to wipe away your fines

Wipe away fines

If you have any outstanding fines with Halifax Public Libraries, December is your month. The library has declared December 13-31, 2014 Welcome Back to the Library Days. All library card holders who have outstanding fines from overdue library items can wipe away their fines in a visit to any of Halifax Public Libraries’ fourteen branches.

“As we increase our collection for Halifax Central Library, we want to make sure that all citizens have access to it,” says Åsa Kachan, CEO/Chief Librarian for Halifax Public Libraries. “It is a festive time with the opening of Central Library and the holidays, and we want everyone from Sheet Harbour to Hubbards to feel a part of the excitement.”

While the purpose of the library’s forgiveness initiative is to encourage former library customers to come back to the library by waiving old fines, the library will waive fines of active, current customers as well and no new fines will be charged during the Welcome Back campaign. Also, people who have overdue items, such as books or DVDs, can return them to their nearest branch—no matter how old. People with lost cards can bring in their ID and receive a replacement free of charge.

“The Welcome Back initiative is a win for everyone,” says Kachan. “The library will recover some lost items, lost cards will be reissued, and people will have a chance to start a new relationship with their library.”

Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the Welcome Back to the Library Days has 19 days to visit their nearest branch in person. With the slate clean, the library hopes returning and current customers take advantage of everything it has to offer.

Read what our friends at The Coast have to say about forgiving oustanding fines: Halifax Public Libraries forgiving all outstanding fines, damn the Library for being nice.