Posted on October 6, 2021 at 2:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The no-fine movement has arrived in the biggest library system in the US.

The New York Public Library announced Tuesday that, effective immediately, it would end overdue fines and wipe all existing fines and fees from user accounts.

“For those who can't afford the fines — disproportionately low-income New Yorkers — they become a real barrier to access that we can no longer accept,” library President Anthony W. Marx said in a news release.

The NYPL follows several other large cities (and small ones), says NPR: library systems in Burbank, California; San Diego; and Chicago have all ended fines in the past few years, while the Boston system, which ended fees for minors, plans to do so for all users.

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