Palm Beach County libraries offer fine forgiveness throughout June


Been holding on to that classic you checked out from one of Palm Beach County’s branch libraries a bit too long? Three months overdue? Five? What’s that you say, you checked it out back in 2017 and simply forgot to return it?

Consider yourself saved. The Palm Beach County Commission recently authorized the county’s library system to oversee a fine forgiveness program that takes place throughout June. During June, cardholders may request forgiveness for any overdue fines on their account. Requests will be accepted in person, by phone or online at

Cardholders may also return lost items for fine forgiveness and even request a free replacement card if needed.

 However, there are exceptions. Fees exempt from the program include damaged or lost material fees; collection agency fees; bad check fees and inter-library loan fees.

 Refunds will not be issued for fines already paid.

“This is only the second overdue fine forgiveness program in our history,” said Library Director Doug Crane. “With our anniversary celebration, we believe this is an appropriate opportunity to give back to the residents of Palm Beach County who have supported county library service for the past five decades.”

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