Fine (and Fee) Service

According to the article “Overdue library materials sparking online shutdowns” Waco-McLennan County Library system patrons are now fobidden to use library computers if they have $5 or more in fines on their account. Later in the article someone asks the proverbial question: But what about the children? Why does this has to come up before such an action is questioned. Why isn’t anyone asking the question “Why are our libraries having to survive on fines and fees?” Are they? Are they?

5 "Why Nots?" for Libraries

Here they are–fresh off the top of my head (well, I’ve been holding onto a couple of these for a while, time to let them go)…5 no-brainers for libraries.
I wonder why Libraries don’t…

1. Play the cd’s that we have in our collections IN the library. Think: A small sign that says “Like what you’re hearing? You can check it out NOW!”
2. Sell stamps at the circulation desk (everyone needs stamps).
3. Put shelters over our outdoor book drops.
4. Unlock those program doors and let people gather in them just to talk–yes, just to talk (the non-program program!)
5. Stop charging overdue fees–especially for children. (For all you avid policy-makers out there, just borrow a few lines from Netflix…it’ll be ok. If madness ensues, at least you’ll make the cover of Library Journal!)

Yes, that last one is a big one. But, why not?!
Apologies to any libraries who are already doing any (or all?) of these.