Fine-Free Children's Materials

Beginning January 1, 2020, Horicon Public Library will no longer charge overdue fines on juvenile materials, which includes books, music, STEM Kits, and DVDs.  This applies to any materials assigned to juvenile collections from our Monarch member libraries checked out at the Horicon Public Library as well. 

The Horicon Public Library Board strongly supports children, their families, and caregivers in fostering a love of reading and learning.  Charging overdues fines on children’s materials is in direct conflict with that goal and discourages use of the library.

As part of our implementation, we are also waiving all past overdue fines on juvenile materials checked out at the Horicon Public Library.  Charges for lost or damaged items still apply.

Girl reading

Understandably, some may be concerned the loss of revenue will hurt the library.  Fines collected on children’s materials account for less than 1% of our overall budget.  Most of our funding comes from city and county taxes, along with supplemental funds from donations and the support of our Friends of Horicon Library.  We are able to restructure our budget with no additional tax funds used to support this change.  You can still expect to receive the same great services and materials from the library.

A few things to know:

  • You still need to return borrowed materials in good condition.
  • Our overdue notice procedure will remain the same.  Materials kept 28 days (4 weeks) past their due date or are damaged will be charged to your account.
  • Fine-free designation is assigned to the material, not the account holder.  Juvenile accounts used to check out Adult or Young Adult material will be assessed overdue charges as in the past if items are not returned to the library by their due date.
  • Horicon Public Library materials checked out or renewed at other Monarch member libraries are subject to the loaning/renewing library’s fines policies.

The library is for the whole community, and we hope this change allows for more of our youngest patrons and their literacy leaders to take advantage of all the library has to offer in the coming New Year.