Public libraries drop overdue fees

PEI public library card holders will no longer have to pay a fee for library materials that are returned late, plus all outstanding overdue fees will be waived.  

Starting today, public libraries will stop charging late fees, to remove any potential barriers for people and to encourage as many people as possible to use the libraries, borrow books and enjoy reading.  Also, 32,700 Islanders that have outstanding fees can now visit public libraries without having to worry about paying past due charges.  

“The role of our public libraries is to provide free and equitable access for all Islanders. Removing overdue book fees gives everyone the opportunity to have a lifelong relationship with reading and learning. Our communities are built on trust, and I know Islanders will take care of our library materials and return them when they are finished using them.”

- Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers

Public libraries will continue to charge a cost to replace lost items.  

Islanders are encouraged to sign up for a library card, borrow items and participate in public library events. For more information, visit: PEI Public Library.

Media contact:
April Gallant
Department of Education and Lifelong Learning 

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