Good shhh: NYC public libraries to end late fees altogether, waive open fines

New York City is Dewey decimating late fees — and closing the book on millions of dollars of outstanding fines for overdue or lost books.

As of this Tuesday, all late fees and replacement fees owed to the New York Public Library, Queens Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library will be waived.

Late fees have been suspended since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Going forward the three systems plan to eliminate late fees entirely, city and library officials said.

The new policy will “unblock” about 400,000 city residents who owe more than $15 in fines, officials said. About half of those people live in

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