A year after Denver Public Library ended late fees, patrons — and their books — are returning

Eliminating overdue fines at libraries allows low-income patrons to reengage with public resources. The Denver Public Library replaced fines with a lending restriction, meaning that patrons could only check out new items once overdue items had been returned. After doing away with late fees, the Denver Public Library has seen a return of its patrons who had previously stopped using the library’s services.

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