Kids and teens age 17 and under are getting amnesty from the late fines on overdue books, CDs and DVDs, from NYC’s three FREE public library systems, the New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library.
Get a New Start at NYC Libraries is a special one-time amnesty that clears overdue fines charged on loans before Oct. 19, 2017.
You still have to return what you borrowed – but you won’t have to pay a late fee for the late return.
Note that the overdue fines started up again after Oct. 19, so the sooner your kids and grandkids return their overdue materials, the lower the new fines will be.
This amnesty is a big deal for the more than 140,000 NYC school kids who cannot borrow books, CDs or DVDs from the New York Public Library because they owe more than $15 of overdue fines.
That’s one-third of the total number of school kids with library cards in Manhattan, Bronx and Staten Island served by the NYPL, which gave kids and teens a similar one-time amnesty in 2011. This year the NYPL is being joined by the Queens and Brooklyn systems.
Fines for ages 17 and under will be automatically cleared when you bring the items back to the library.
High school students ages 18 and up can have their fines cleared in person through November 2, 2017.
Need to know:
Libraries help kids and teens succeed in school. That’s why NYC libraries have instituted this one-time fine amnesty on all kids’ and teens’ library cards.
Please note: Items due after October 19 will continue to accrue fines. Fines for ages 17 and under will be automatically cleared. High school students ages 18 and up can have their fines cleared in person through November 2, 2017.