Public library systems look at proposals to eliminate overdue fines

CHARLOTTE — Public libraries across the country, including in North Carolina, have been doing away with late and overdue fines and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system could be next.

[Returned library book could be 100 years overdue]

If approved by commissioners in June, $600,000 of the county budget would go to the fine-free initiative to get rid of late fines for overdue materials.

In the video at the top of this webpage, reporter Elsa Gillis explains the proposal, and why some say it’s tied to upward mobility.