DeKalb introduces “fine-free” libraries for summer

Materials for children and teenagers can be checked out from DeKalb County library branches this summer without the risk of fines if they are kept past their due dates.

The Library Board of Trustees recently announced a “Fine-Free Summer” starting June 1 and ending Aug. 31. During that time, any materials from the children’s and teen’s collections can be returned late without incurring fines. 

“We want to take away any barrier to children and teens having books to read and enjoy over the summer,”  Library Director Alison Weissinger said in a news release. “We just ask that items are returned to the library in a timely manner, so others may enjoy them.”  

The program applies to books, audiobooks, music CDs and some DVDs. Library patrons will still be fined for lost or damaged items. 

For more details about the “Fine-Free Summer” program, library branch locations and hours of operation, visit

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