EPL Celebrates National Library Card Sign-Up Month

What can you use to watch movies, borrow video games, stream music, assess educational resources, and get the latest books for free? It’s a Euclid Public Library card!  We have library cards for adults, teens, children, and educators. There is nothing more empowering than getting your own library card. It gives you free access to Internet hotspots, resources, and services to pursue your passions and dreams.  If you don’t have one, now is the perfect time to stop by the library and pick one up. September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month, a time to explore all the library has to offer, like inspiring programs and events, educational children’s toys, access to computers, passport services, and more!  

There is another reason to celebrate, starting on September 1, Euclid Public Library will eliminate overdue fines. This means patrons will not have to pay an overdue fine for items checked out at Euclid Public Library. This pertains only to items that belong to Euclid Public Library and not to items checked out through CLEVNET or items that belong to other libraries. Items not returned within 21 days after the due date will have the cost of the item(s) added to the patron’s account. Once items are returned in good condition, the library will remove the cost of the items and will not add overdue fines. Charges for any damaged or lost items still must be paid. 

 

FAQ about Euclid Public Library’s New Fine-Free Policy 

Why is Euclid Public Library eliminating overdue fines (Fine-Free)? Euclid Public Library is interested in eliminating overdue fines as a way to make the library more assessable to everyone in Euclid. As long as patrons return library items, we no longer see a need to charge overdue fines. 

What does Fine-Free mean and when will this take effect? This change will begin on September 1, 2022 and pertains ONLY to items that belong to Euclid Public Library. This means patrons will not have to pay an overdue fine for checked out Euclid Public Library items. However, any items checked out through CLEVNET via a hold that do NOT belong to Euclid Public Library are subject to the owning library’s circulation rules. Please ask a staff person if you need help identifying items that may not be part of our fine-free program. 

Does this mean that ALL my fines will be cleared? No. We can’t waive fines for items that belong to other libraries. Charges for any damaged or lost items must also be paid. 

Does this mean ALL items are Fine-Free? No. Fine-Free applies to the collection owned by Euclid Public Library. 

How will the library ensure that customers return borrowed items? If an item is not returned within 21 days after the due date, the cost of the item(s) will be added to the patron’s account. 

How will the library protect the community’s investment? When checked out items are damaged or lost, we will continue to add the cost to replace these item(s) to the patron’s card. When a patron’s fines and/or replacement costs exceed the threshold limits, they are blocked from using the library. 

I thought you were fine free! Why do I see overdue fines on my account? Overdue fines will continue to appear on your account but will be removed when the item is returned. 

What if I am not finished with the items I have checked out? Visit the library or our website or give us a call to renew your item(s). Renewing item(s) by the due date will help you avoid issues with your card. It is very important for you to keep track of the due dates. Keep in mind, some items renew automatically, up to 20 times and some items can’t be renewed. 

If you have further questions, please call the library at 216-261-5300 ex 5189