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Best Boon for Bookworms

For any bookworm out there who loses their sense of time when wrapped up in a good novel, the Campbell County Public Library says not to worry. The library system decided to go permanently fine free in August after adopting that model in March 2020 because of COVID-19. CCPL said they saw an overwhelmingly positive response to the move and “the return of many items once considered lost.” The library said that ditching fines helped increase circulation and the amount of people using services, while also allowing students and vulnerable families to use the library without the worry of being monetarily penalized. “We want everyone to feel welcome at the library,” Library Director JC Morgan said. “Going fine free helps us reach that goal by removing unnecessary financial barriers. All of our patrons should have equal access to the library’s resources and services.” Over the river, the Cincinnati Public Library also went fine free starting in September. The library had been fine free during the pandemic and through July 2021, and then ditched fines for reasons similar to Campbell County’s. cc-pl.org; cincinnatilibrary.org.