Effective January 2020, Bloomingdale Public Library patrons will not be charged overdue fines for items borrowed from BPL. Eligible materials will also auto-renew for a period equal to the original loan period.
Currently, fines from overdue items make up less than 0.5% of BPL’s annual budget. By eliminating overdue fines, we have chosen to focus on making the time our patrons spend in the Library as positive and productive as possible.
All overdue fines for checkouts at BPL were waived as of December 19, 2019. No new overdue fines will accrue.
Every item checked out still has a due date, but now items will be
automatically renewed 2 days before the item is due. Materials not returned will be billed the full replacement amount per the Chart of Loan Periods and Checkout Limits. Not every item is eligible for auto-renewal – please see
Patrons will be notified via email about the status of renewals. Patrons can also check their account online or call the Circulation Desk for due date information.
“Fines Free” and “Auto-Renewal” are applicable to checkouts at the Bloomingdale Public Library only – materials checked out at other libraries are subject to the policies of those libraries.