MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. (WWSB) - In an effort to encourage the community to use library resources, Manatee County will no longer charge members for returning library items late.
In the United States, over 400 library systems have adopted fine-free policies, and the number is growing. In Florida, the Alachua County, Citrus County, Palm Beach County, Sarasota County, and Tampa-Hillsborough library systems have adopted fine-free policies while others are adopting partial fine-free policies.
Though fines will not be charged, there are still deadlines for items to be returned. Library users are also allowed to renew items.