Inglewood, CA (November 2, 2021) – Thanks to the City of Inglewood Mayor and Council, all Inglewood Public Library charges prior to October 1, 2021 for lost, damaged and missing materials have been forgiven. No exception, no questions, IPL is now a fine free Library! Inglewood Public Library has joined over 500 library systems to stop charging overdue fines that have historically created negative interactions and perceptions surrounding library fine collections. Numerous studies have shown that accrued fine penalties drive away the very people who most require the free resources that public libraries provide, such as low-income residents, children and teens.
The American Library Association (ALA) and Inglewood Library Board supported this movement of reducing the barrier to information services. As of November 2, 2021 the Library has over 100,000 library card holders with almost 13,000 of those being teens and approximately 11,000 children. All patrons now have access to computers and over 145,000 materials to include books, magazines, video games and movies to both browse and check out. Card holders, in addition to the 1,169 digital card holders have access to over 20 databases that connect them to job searching, homework assistance, e-books, audiobooks, music and so much more!
This fine free model shift impacts our community with increased access to materials and services; reduction of the inequitable impact of overdue fines; improved patron relationships with their library; and optimization of library staff time and increased staff efficiency.
So, going forward, daily fines for overdue books have been eliminated and this move ensures that our library is living up to its commitment to provide free and equal access to informational, education and recreational services and resources responsive to the library’s diverse community.
So, come back to visit the Inglewood Public Library soon!