The New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library, and Queens Library announced a fine forgiveness program that will give hundreds of thousands of students a fresh start. This one-time amnesty, made possible by a generous gift from The JPB Foundation, aims to welcome kids and teens back to their local branches so they can utilize the libraries’ wide array of free books, programs, and services.
As of October 19, 2017, all kids and teens under 18 have had their library fines automatically forgiven and blocks on their library cards lifted. High school students ages 18 and over can also have their fines cleared in person through November 2, 2017.
All kids and teens are encouraged to return any late materials. To celebrate fine forgiveness, libraries in all five boroughs will host special events welcoming families and children to the library and highlighting all the books, services, and programs available to anyone for free. After this one-time amnesty, fines will begin accruing again on any items due after October 19. For more details on fine amnesty at each library system, and to find a full schedule of events in each system, visit nyclibraries.org/newstart.