Library Gives Patrons 2 Weeks in December for Fine Amnesty

library-logo-jcMonday, December 7 – Saturday, December 12, 2009

 Monday, December 14 – Saturday, December 19, 2009

 Feeling that pinch, from lack of funds? In mid-December, the Jersey City Free Public Library will offer a break in the form of Fine Amnesty to all Library users.   

For only two weeks – Monday, December 7th through Saturday, December 12th AND Monday, December 14th through Saturday, December 19th  – all fees and fines will be forgiven when the library system receives all library books, CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes and other library materials.

            “We recognize the money squeeze everyone is feeling these days, so we’ve created this two-week amnesty period for our loyal patrons to get some relief,” said Assistant Library Director Sonia Araujo, who is coordinating this effort. “Offering Fine Amnesty first is the best solution we know, in the face of needing to raise fees because of budget cuts.”

Valid Jersey City library card users can take their library materials to all departments at the Main Library, and any of the 11 branches and the Bookmobile the weeks of December 7th and December 14th without being charged the appropriate fees and fines during Fine Amnesty weeks. After those two amnesty weeks,

the following Fines/Fees will be in effect on Monday, January 4, 2010:


Books/Late Fees         CHANGE       FROM              TO

Overdue books                                                 $0.10              $0.20


Videos                         CHANGE       FROM              TO

 To rent                                                            $1.50              $2.00

 Late Fees stay the same                                             $1.00

 Educational videos stay the same                     Free


Copy Machines           CHANGE       FROM               TO

Copies                                                 $0.10              $0.20

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