Overdue library fines in McAllen reach $710,000 dollars

Tuesday, February 5, 2013 - 9:11am

A 2012 audit shows the McAllen Public Library is owed some big bucks.

Who owes them? Several thousand library goers.

"The number being cited is 710-thousand in overdue materials. But keep in mind that is really going back to the creation of the library," said Kate Horan, Library Director.

But the audit didn't just show how much the library was owed, it also provided a solution to the 'I owe you' problem.

"We have a very friendly city department, and they worked very closely with us and gave us some great feedback of ways we can improve our services," said Horan.

First, borrowing rules are changing. As of Friday, the maximum number if items able to be checked out is dropping to 25 per person. And people will loose their borrowing privileges if their fines exceed $1.00.

To keep track, the library is completely switched over to a simple online system.

The free app is lS2 mobile library. It allows patrons to renew items and avoid fees without even coming into the library. But if all these changes don't inspire people to pay up, there is a larger penalty.

"If you don't return the materials in 30 days, then you are going to be charged for the price of that material. And that will help keep our shelves replenished and get our materials connecting with the people that we serve," said Horan.

Overdue book fines start at ten cents per day.

To learn all the new changes at the library visit: http://www.mcallenlibrary.net/news/default/2013-01-24/mpl_to_implement_b...

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