News Flash

Our City News

Posted on: December 31, 2019

Cedar Falls Public Library Going Fine-Free

The American Library Association promotes removing barriers to access to information and library services, especially overdue fines. The Cedar Falls Public Library staff, Trustees, and Friends of the Library endorse this position, so beginning January 1, 2020, the library will be fine-free for most library materials.

Under the new policy, patrons are still encouraged to return their materials on time, with library borrowing policy defining what constitutes an item as overdue. As incentive, patrons with overdue items will be blocked from checking out further items until the overdue material is renewed or returned

Worried about others keeping items for too long? Libraries that have already gone fine free report that patrons return more items and return them sooner than they did when late fees were assessed. The CFPL trusts that their library patrons understand that others may be waiting for materials and that they will be considerate of others by returning or renewing materials in a timely manner.

Important details for CFPL cardholders: 

  • Checkout periods will remain the same, but once a patron has an item overdue, they may not borrow more materials until the overdue item is renewed or returned. 
  • Overdue fines accrued before January 1, 2020, will be waived.
  • Patrons will still be charged for lost and damaged items. Charges for past lost and damaged items will remain on patrons’ accounts.
  • The only materials that will still carry overdue fines are a few high-demand, non-traditional items: tech items and musical instruments in our Library of Things.
  • All other materials will be fine-free!


We welcome back patrons who have not returned to the library because of their overdue fines. New Year, fresh start!

Contact:
Kelly Stern – director@cedarfallslibrary.org (319) 268-5541

Facebook Twitter Email

Other News in Our City News

Cedar Falls Prepares for COVID-19

Posted on: March 11, 2020

2020 Construction Phase 1 Begins

Posted on: March 12, 2020
43692016_1908124705903905_2360723233738588160_n

Rising River Levels

Posted on: March 11, 2020
Cedar Falls Public Safety building

Cedar Falls Public Safety Update

Posted on: March 3, 2020

City Council to Hold Special Meeting

Posted on: February 19, 2020
IMG_6760

Cedar Falls Special Election Date Set

Posted on: February 18, 2020
IMG_6760

Cedar Falls to Hold Special Election

Posted on: February 7, 2020
20190606_081807

Cedar Falls Crime Drops 1.63% in 2019

Posted on: January 20, 2020
Hazardous Trees

Hazardous Trees on Private Property

Posted on: January 9, 2020

Sanitary Sewer Lining Project

Posted on: January 9, 2020

Hazardous Trees on Private Property

Posted on: December 18, 2019

If it wags, it needs a tag!

Posted on: December 11, 2019

Hazardous Tree Removal

Posted on: September 13, 2019

Found Property Items

Posted on: October 4, 2017