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Gering Public Library goes fine-free

Gering Library eliminates fees with hopes to provide equitable access
Published: Nov. 21, 2020 at 1:12 AM CST
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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (KNEP) - The Gering Public Library is going fine free in an effort to provide equitable access to everyone, the library announced in a press release Friday.

Gering Public Library Director Diane Downer said the library had already started waiving fees for overdue items in March, when Covid-19 forced local facilities to shutter, and people still returned their items. “We didn’t have any problems,” Downer said, according to the press release, “[in] the long run, we wanted to remove barriers to providing fair and equitable access to the library.”

Standard due dates for each item remain the same; books check out for two weeks, and movies and magazines for one week. If items aren’t returned within two weeks of their due date, a temporary hold will be placed on the account until the items are returned.

Contact the Gering Public Library at (308) 436-7433 or gpl@geringlibrary.org for additional information.

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