Sarasota County public libraries provide materials that can be checked out free of charge with a valid library card. Effective Sept. 24, 2019, overdue fines will not be charged for undamaged items returned to the library.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Why is Sarasota County eliminating fines for overdue materials?
Have other library systems eliminated late fines?
What are some of the advantages of a fine-free policy?
How would eliminating fines enhance library service?
Won’t eliminating fines reduce library revenue?
Will people return items if there are no fines?
Are there still due dates for library materials?
Can items be renewed?
What happens if an item is not returned?
What services can be accessed with a blocked card?
What happens to old overdue fines on cardholder accounts?
Can patrons receive refunds for past fines payments?