UNC Libraries eliminates overdue fines for most items, aims to make resources more accessible

By Ava Pukatch

Students study in the Fearrington Reading Room at Wilson Library on August 27, 2021, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. (Johnny Andrews/UNC-Chapel Hill)

In August, UNC libraries announced it will eliminate overdue fines for most items. UNC joins other libraries like the one at NC State University, the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Durham County library in doing that. The goal is to make libraries more accessible to everybody, including those who can’t afford to pay fines.

Joe Williams is the director of public services for the university’s libraries.

Ava Pukatch spoke with him to learn more about UNC’s fine free system.

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