From the Director

Our Library is now fine-free!

The Scarborough Public Library Board of Trustees has unanimously adopted a fine-free policy that began April 1, 2021. We will no longer collect late fees for materials.  All outstanding fines will be forgiven. This ensures that all borrowers have access to library books and materials, which is our primary purpose as a public library. You are still responsible for returning what you borrow and for paying for unreturned or damaged materials. We do want all items returned to share with others!

This decision is based on a philosophy of equal access and a non-punitive approach to service that is being embraced by libraries across the country.  In 2019, the American Library Association passed a “Resolution on Monetary Library Fines as a Form of Social Inequity,” which identifies fines as a barrier to access.

Going fine-free is good for our community. We are committed to providing free and equal access to services, materials, and programs to the people of Scarborough as they pursue educational, career, life, and family goals. We invite and encourage prior users to come back to the Library and we hope to attract new users to benefit from all the Scarborough Public Library has to offer.

Be well,

Nancy E. Crowell, Library Director