Elimination of Overdue Fines

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As of June 1, 2021, Naperville Public Library has joined hundreds of libraries across the country in eliminating overdue fines!

What does eliminating overdue fines mean?

Naperville Public Library is no longer charging fines for overdue items. Those who do not return materials on time will have their accounts locked after seven days rather than accruing fines. Once an overdue item is returned, the account will be unlocked. See below for details.

Why are you removing overdue fines?

By eliminating overdue fines, we hope to share our collection and services with more of our community members, focusing on access and equity, and helping to ease financial hardship for our customers. This new policy will allow for:

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    Increased flexibility for our customers.

  • Three kids reaching for books equitably

    Equitable access to resources.

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    Better customer service.

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    A continued commitment to responsibly utilizing Library resources.

How does it work?

7 Days Overdue

Your account will be locked, and you will no longer be able to check out materials or access our digital collections. Your account will be unlocked automatically once your overdue item is checked in. No fines will be assessed.

45 Days Overdue

A billed replacement fee will be added to your account. This fee will be removed if the item is returned in proper condition up to 119 days past the item’s due date.

120+ Days Overdue

The item is no longer eligible for return or refund. At this point, we will have likely replaced it in our collection. You now own that material.

Please note: Items borrowed through Interlibrary Loan may be subject to the lending library's fine schedule.

Frequently Asked Questions


Help ensure other community members can enjoy library resources by returning your materials on time!