The Joliet Public Library will now join several other Illinois libraries that no longer charge fines for overdue materials. The library's Board of Trustees voted in favor of this policy change on August 20, 2020 in order to break down barriers to library use in the Joliet community.
Under the new fine free policy, patrons will still be encouraged to return materials in a responsible and timely manner, but they will no longer be charged daily overdue fines on most items. Interlibrary loans, Playaway Launchpads, Most Wanted Collection and video games will still accrue daily overdue fines. Patrons will also still be responsible for replacement charges for lost or damaged items. The fine free policy will apply to future fines. Amnesty opportunities for past fines will be available soon!