Hack Library School posted an interesting bit about a public library letting patrons pay off their fines by donating pet supplies to them, which would then be given to a local animal shelter. I was fascinated by such a creative take on a standard practice. I’m sure we’ve all dreaded paying our library fines. I have seen some patrons charged hundreds of dollars. I personally find late fees necessary, as we need patrons to return items.
I did a little more research to find other unconventional ways to pay off library fines and found that the Guthrie Public Library has a program between February and March where 15 minutes of exercise at a centre will remove $1 from your account.
Of course, these are programs that can only be implemented at a public library, but this is a way to generate enthusiasm towards paying fines and supporting a good cause.