K-12 Education Newsletter: Hennepin County Library goes fine-free

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Hennepin County Library K-12 Education Newsletter

April 2021

As Hennepin County Library continues to adapt its services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please see our Current service information page for details.

Hennepin County Library is now fine-free

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Hennepin County Library has officially become a fine-free library, eliminating late fines for overdue materials. HCL joins a growing number of institutions across the nation who are removing financial barriers to library service. Going fine-free is the latest effort to make the public library accessible to more residents.

Ending fines for overdue items doesn’t mean library materials are free to keep. Going forward, patrons will continue to be responsible for the replacement cost of unreturned or lost items. An item is considered unreturned 41 days after its due date.

In addition to its fine-free policy update, the county is providing a one-time fresh start to all residents. On March 10, all Hennepin County Library cards were reset to a $0 balance.

Please forward this news to colleagues and families to help spread the word!

Get a library card

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It’s free to get a Hennepin County Library card, and anyone who needs to replace a lost or stolen library card can now do so without paying a fee. You can get a new or replacement card in-person at any open library location, or apply online for a library e-card to access the library's online resources, including eBooks and other downloads. Apply online for a library e-card.

Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks can be accessed through our website, or through the OverDrive and Libby apps. (Note: RBdigital has merged with OverDrive and no longer exists as a separate platform.) 

Questions? Ask Us

You can Ask Us your questions via phone, email, text, or live chat with staff. Chat is available Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday noon-5 p.m. 

Please see our Current service information page for information on in-person services.

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