Grand Rapids library offers a ‘fine’ deal for patrons who owe


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Grand Rapids Public Library is offering an olive branch to patrons who’ve racked up fines.

Now through Sept. 24, the GRPL will forgive up to $25 in library fines for each patron who recruits a new library card holder. Members can cash in on the deal each time they bring in a new patron, but the deal isn’t good for future fines.

Library patrons who do not have any fines can also use the amnesty offer to help children. The GRPL says for each new member they sign up, it will put $25 in a fund to forgive kids’ library card fines.

“The library is a valuable resource in our community and we want as many people as possible to be able to use it,” stated Library Director Marcia Warner in a Tuesday news release. “A library patron with over $10 in fines cannot check out material. This referral program helps these patrons use the library again and generates new library users.”

Library cards are free to eligible residents. Each recruited patron must live in Grand Rapids and not already have an active Grand Rapids Public Library card.

Would-be members who cannot visit in person can fill out a referral ticket, which is available at the library’s customer service desk.

The program is available at any GRPL location. For more information, call 616.988.5400 or visit the library’s website.

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