Overdue fines are a thing of the past at the Fort Worth Public Library starting Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019. That means the Library will no longer charge overdue fines in the future, and existing overdue fines are forgiven.

Previously, Library cardholders’ accounts were blocked when cardholders owed at least $5 in overdue fines and replacement fees. Now that threshold has risen to $50. If an item is not returned after 60 days of notices, it will be designated as “lost” and cardholders will be charged a replacement fee. This is also true if an item is returned in damaged condition.

Youth accounts (ages 17 and younger) that reach the $50 level may be paid, or the child may volunteer or commit to reading a certain number of hours to pay off their fees. Library staff members are available at all locations to explain the read-off program to interested families.

When you return to the Fort Worth Public Library, you are even free to choose a new library card design to reflect your own style.

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Last updated: Oct. 1, 2019