Libraries waive $30,000 in overdue fees after Amnesty Weekend event

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In August, Frederick County, Maryland Public Libraries hosted its first Amnesty Weekend event that allowed customers to return overdue items free of charge. Now the numbers are in on how much customer’s saved.

According to officials, the eight county-wide library branches waived about $30,000 in late fees.

Officials are unable to calculate the exact number of overdue items that were returned, but say overall returned items jumped 20 percent compared to previous weekends.

“Library fines, at a macro level, are trending down. A lot of this is driven by customers using e-content, or renewing their items online. We say this as a nice opportunity to start off the school-year right, to build that good-will with our customers,” explained Kim Martinez with Frederick County Public Libraries.

It is not clear yet if Frederick County Public Libraries plans to host another amnesty weekend.

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