Fine Free

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library District is Fine Free!

Exciting news! Beginning Monday, August 2 we will no longer be charging fines on overdue items checked out at our library.

What does it mean to be fine free?

We are no longer charging fines for overdue items to any patrons (including those who visit us from other libraries) who check out those items at our library.

What if I currently have overdue fines on my account?

We have removed all existing fines for overdue Winnetka-Northfield library materials, and we will no longer be charging fines for any materials checked out from our library in the future.

What are some of the benefits of going fine free?

We strive to provide excellent service to all residents in our District. Overdue fines create barriers to service and often stop people from using their library. By eliminating fines, we hope to share our collection and services with even more of our community members.

Do items still have due dates?

Yes, each item will still have a due date, and you are still responsible for honoring the due date or renewing the item.  When you return items on time, it helps your neighbors borrow items sooner.

How will overdue items be treated now?

While you will no longer be charged a fine, after a WNPLD item is two weeks overdue, your account will be blocked from any further checkouts until you return the item. The account block includes checking out physical items (books, CDs, DVDs, etc.), as well as access to our digital collections (including downloads from Libby, Hoopla, Kanopy, etc) and research databases.

If an item is more than 45 days past due, you will need to either return the item or pay the replacement cost to unlock your account.

Items borrowed from other libraries are subject to the lending policies of their home libraries.

Will I have to wait longer for popular items to be returned?

Libraries that have gone fine free have not seen any difference in when items are returned. Most items are returned within a week of their due date.

What happens if I lose or damage an item I checked out?

You will be charged a fee to replace the item.