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January is Fine Free Month at Lafourche library branches

January is Fine Free Month at Lafourche library branches

Got overdue fines or other charges at the library?

Are they keeping you from using the library?

The Lafourche Parish Public Library wants you to return to your library. To help with that, twice a year, in January and September, the library offers a fine free and forgiveness program.

The guidelines are simple enough.

How does Fine Free Month work?

If you have library items that are overdue, bring them back in January.

The library will waive any overdue fines that have accrued on your account. It doesn’t matter if those items are two weeks or two years overdue, you won’t be charged overdue fines. If the items are brought back in good condition, you won’t be charged anything.

What about Fine Forgiveness Month?

Fine Forgiveness is a little different than Fine Free.

The library’s Fine Forgiveness program applies to library items that are currently marked as lost or damaged on your account or for certain overdue, lost, or damaged items that were returned previously for which there are outstanding fines on your account.

To take advantage of the library’s Fine Forgiveness Program, stop by your local library branch to see what charges are outstanding on your library account. Library staff members will check your account and let you know the total fines owed.

If you’ve got overdue, damaged, or lost fines on your library record, no matter how outstanding or how much, the library will clear those fines for you if you bring in certain amounts of non-perishable food items or pet food, which will be donated to local food banks and pet rescue organizations.

Ask for a copy of the library’s Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness donation chart to determine how much food or pet food to bring in to have your outstanding charges cleared.

Are there exceptions to this Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness Program?

Certain exclusions apply.

The library’s Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness program does not apply to fines or charges associated with laptops, video games, and other electronic devices. Stop by your local library branch for more details.

Help out your community by clearing your account

The library will donate all non-perishable food items and pet food received as part of its Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness program to local nonprofit organizations.

Further, the items you donate as part of this program will remain in your local community. Each library branch is in contact with groups in that area, so your contributions will not only help you to enjoy library services again, but will also help people in your community.

For more information about Fine Free and Fine Forgiveness, stop by your local Lafourche Parish Public Library branch.

Katina Gaudet is the librarian at the South Lafourche Branch Library. She can be reached at 632-7140 or