New York Public Library eliminating late fees in equality initiative

The city’s three largest public libraries are no longer collecting late fees and are clearing all existing balances in an effort to make the city’s libraries more accessible, the New York Public Library announced Tuesday.

“Public libraries strive to be the most democratic institutions in our society, providing all people access to the resources they need to enrich their minds and improve their lives,” Linda Johnson, president and CEO of Brooklyn Public Library, said in a news release. “Eliminating late fines means providing truly equitable access to everything the library has to offer.”

Borrowers still will have to pay the full cost of any materials not returned after

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