Library sets fine to improve turnaround

Margaretville — To ensure that library materials are more readily available to the many people waiting for them, starting September 1, the Fairview Public Library in Margaretville will be re-instituting the assessment of fines to patrons who return their library materials past the dates they are due.

“We have so many people placing books on hold and waiting, eager to read them, it’s only fair that we make every effort to ensure these books are returned promptly by others,” said Interim Library Director Susan Carver. “Nominal late fees of 10 cents per day for each book and 50 cents per day for each movie are designed to help patrons return their library materials on time.”

Added Carver, “Prompt return is especially important for materials borrowed from the collections of other libraries in the Four County Library System, since many items are on people’s waiting lists across Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego counties. Through the support of the community, we have built quite an extensive collection of materials that are in demand by thousands of people, and we want the maximum number of people to benefit from and enjoy them.”

Fines will be accrued per day the item is late, with a maximum fine of $5 per item. To renew items, people may either stop by or phone the library to extend their materials’ due dates, or request a renewal via the Four County Library System’s website,

The Fairview Public Library is located at 43 Walnut Street in Margaretville, off of Main Street. Library hours are Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, contact Fairview Public Library at 586-3791 or