Media Release

For immediate release February 26, 2009
The fines, they are a-changin’ Halifax Public Libraries adjusts fines and loan periods

Halifax Public Libraries has just made remembering your due dates easier. Loan periods have been streamlined so all materials will be lent for either seven or 21 days. The daily fine rates are also changing on some materials.

“With all items due in either seven or 21 days, it will be easier for people to remember their due dates and to return their library materials on time,” said Francisca Goldsmith, director of branch services for Halifax Public Libraries. “Library users who have a regular library day will find their due dates in synch with their borrowing day.”

Starting March 30, DVDs will be lent for seven days and the daily fine rate will drop from $2 to $1 per day. DVDs over 300 minutes will be lent for 21 days. Effective immediately, all VHS tapes will be lent for 21 days at a fine rate of $0.25 a day.

Regular adult and children’s books, CDs, audiobooks and magazines will still be lent for 21 days at a daily fine rate of $0.25 a day for adult materials and $0.10 a day for children’s materials.

Rapid Read books will continue to be lent for seven days and the fine will go down from $2 a day to $1 a day. Materials in high demand (items that have more than five requests per copy) will still be lent for seven days and the fine will go from $0.25 to $1 a day. All materials borrowed previous to March 30 will be subject to the old borrowing rules and fine rates.

For more information, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca.

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.


Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries