Circulation and Collection Use (including Fees and Fines) Policy – 32013 Recommendations
the due date email notification, implemented in February 2013, is expected toresult in reduced fines;
e-book circulation is the fastest growth area, and there are no fines for thisborrowing activity;
overall, circulation was down in 2012 even after adjusting for the labourdisruption. Preliminary information for January and February 2013 indicates thisdownward trend is continuing. The Director, Finance and Treasurer has reviewed this financial impact statement and isin agreement with it.
The last comprehensive review of the Circulation and Collection Use (including Fees andFines) Policy was approved by the Board on July 26, 2011. Amendments to introduce afine for holds not picked up were approved at the December 12, 2011 Board meeting andimplemented in July 2012.At its meeting of June 25, 2012 as part of the review of the operating budget, the Boarddetermined that the Library should maintain the current overdue fine rates and finestructure and that staff should report back to the Board on the impact of these new ratesas part of the Board’s annual review of the Circulation and Collection Use (includingFines and Fees) Policy in the first quarter of 2013.
The Circulation and Collection Use Policy applies to users of Toronto Public Library. Itcovers activities related to the registration of Library users and the borrowing and use of Library collections and services. It sets the conditions and use of the Library card; theborrowing privileges, responsibilities and restrictions; and a schedule of fees and fines. The schedule of fees and fines includes some charges and fees that are not specificallyrelated to circulation and collection use, for example, digital reproduction. The policy is reviewed on a regular basis to ensure that it continues to be responsive,effective and relevant.
The goal of the Circulation and Collection Use Policy is to provide broad access tolibrary materials and to thereby ensure efficient use of public funds and resources. Finesare a tool to encourage prompt return of materials and make them available to others.As outlined in the Circulation and Collection Use (including Fees and Fines) Policy, thepurpose of the Policy is to:
make materials widely available to the community;