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Archive for Friday, February 25, 2011

25 years ago: Lawrence library declares amnesty for overdue-book borrowers

February 25, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 25, 1986:

The load of guilt that many area residents were carrying in their hearts was about to be lifted. For the first time in a decade, the Lawrence Public Library was offering a "fine-free week" for overdue materials. Lawrence residents were invited to return books, movies, and other items no matter how overdue they were. Overdue fines at the time were normally 10 cents a day for the adult department, with a maximum of $3 for a hardcover and $2 for a paperback. Children's books had a 10-day grace period before incurring fines, after which a fee of 25 cents a day was levied. Library officials admitted that about 1,000 books per year were lost when people moved away or just forgot to return the books.

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