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We are excited to announce that we have eliminated all fines on youth materials. Overdue children and teen material (books, movies and music) will no longer accrue fines. Accounts with old fines on this material have also been forgiven.

“The decision to eliminate fines on youth material is about equity and access,” remarked GRPL Director John McNaughton. “We know that 75% of Grand Rapids Public School 3rd graders are not proficient in reading. This is a community problem that we can help solve. By removing a large barrier to using the library, we can get books in homes and help to develop a daily reading habit. Our goal is to emphasize the return of library material rather than penalizing our youngest patrons. Using the library should not be a source of stress for families. Life gets complicated. Take an extra day or two if needed. We will still be here for you.”

“This is great news for families in our city,” Mayor Rosalynn Bliss said. “It’s important that we remove barriers to ensure our children are reaching their potential and that this is a great place for everyone.”

Library patrons will still be responsible for the replacement cost of items that are lost or damaged.

To learn more, contact Customer Service staff at 616-988-5400 or