Grand Island Public Library may very well be going “fine-free.”
The library board will talk about the matter at their 5 p.m. assembly Monday on the library at 1124 W. Second St. Forgiving fines is one thing different Nebraska libraries are doing, together with Omaha, Hastings and Kearney, stated Library Director Celine Swan.
“Nationally, libraries have began to go fine-free to convey individuals again into the library who possibly won’t use it as a result of they could have a tremendous from a very long time in the past and so they’re afraid to return again,” stated Swan. “The library needs to work with individuals to assist them get their fines off, if we are able to.”
Grand Island’s library patrons don’t generate a lot in charges, stated Swan.
“We actually don’t have lots,” she stated. “From our total funds, I might say it’s most likely a really, very small p.c.”
GIPL has been forgiving late charges because the begin of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020. A part of Monday’s dialogue can be whether or not or to not resume charging charges this fall.
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“We’ve been attempting to simply assist individuals out, as a result of they don’t want yet another factor to fret about,” stated Swan. “We tried to work with individuals in the event that they couldn’t come again in as a result of they had been sick, or even when they wanted to quarantine their books we gave them further time and didn’t cost any fines.”
New challenges face Grand Island households in 2022, equivalent to inflation, stated Swan.
“We’ve to be cognizant of our group and having the ability to assist individuals, as a result of plenty of these persons are individuals who must be within the library utilizing our sources, possibly searching for jobs or utilizing our supplies to save cash,” she stated. “There’s plenty of positives about working with individuals.”
The library will not be affected by an absence of attendance. Patron participation stayed sturdy by means of the pandemic and elevated as restrictions had been steadily lowered.
In keeping with data being supplied to GIPL board members, the library has had greater than 9,000 visits every month from March to Might this yr.
“Our library has stood by means of onerous occasions, like libraries have carried out by means of centuries,” stated Swan. “They’re very resilient. They bounce again. We’ve data right here for individuals. Our library is a group middle for everybody, of all ages.”
She added, “We’re able proper now to proceed to assist much more with the best way the world is correct now.”
For extra data, contact Grand Island Public Library at 308-385-5333. To be taught extra about GIPL companies, go to www.gilibrary.org.