We’re Fine Free!

Effective February 1, 2020 the Beverly Public Library will eliminate overdue fines for materials borrowed at the main library, Farms branch, and the Bookmobile, and waive any previous overdue fines. The library will continue to issue due date reminders as well as overdue notifications and borrowers still need to return their books in a timely manner. Borrowing privileges will be suspended if an item is not returned within 6 weeks after the due date. The library will still charge for lost or damaged materials.

Why get rid of overdue fines?

  • The elimination of overdue fines is a growing trend among many libraries in the United States, including many local libraries such as Danvers, Hamilton-Wenham, Andover, Reading, Wakefield, and Newburyport. Both large and small libraries recognize that eliminating fines removes barriers to access for everyone in the community.
  • Libraries see an increase in usage when fines are eliminated. That’s what we want, more people using the library!
  • The Beverly Public Library is committed to equal access, overdue fines disproportionately affect low income families and those on fixed incomes. Eliminating overdue fines will remove economic barriers and promote equal access. 
  • There is no evidence that fines result in more timely returns. Research shows that when fines are eliminated, library circulation and return rates increase.
  • Beverly patrons check out thousands of eBooks and digital audiobooks per year. There are no fines for digital materials, which creates inequality between those who borrow physical materials and those who borrow digital materials. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does fine free begin?
Saturday, February 1, 2020.

Will overdue fines be waived on ALL materials?
Yes.

How does the library get people to return borrowed materials without charging fines?
We will continue to issue due date reminders as well as overdue notifications. Borrowers still need to return their items in a timely manner. If an item is not returned within 6 weeks after the due date, borrowing privileges will be suspended. The library will still charge for lost or damaged materials.

I don’t mind paying fines, how can I help the library?
We encourage donations to the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

Will I be charged overdue fines for items owned by other NOBLE libraries?
Materials that are checked out and returned to the Beverly Public Library, Farms branch, and Bookmobile will not accrue fines, regardless of where the material came from within NOBLE.

Labor Day 2020

The main library and the Farms branch will be closed for Labor Day weekend: Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7, 2020. There will be no Front Door Service on Monday, September 7. Have a wonderful holiday!

New! Adult Handicraft Group

Adult Handicraft has been CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

handicraft projects

Adult Handicraft Group
Sohier Room, Main Library

Crafters, please join us for our drop-in handicraft group! Adult handicraft group meets the second Saturday of each month. Open to all who enjoy handwork or fiber arts. Bring your project, meet other crafters, and share ideas. No instruction provided. Ages 16+ welcome. Questions? Contact Ona at ridenour@noblenet.org.

Upcoming groups, Saturdays from 1 – 3:30 PM
March 14 – CANCELLED
April 11 – CANCELLED

CANCELLED: March 19: Special Cookbook Club

Library programs and events are CANCELLED until further notice. We will continue to update our website and social media as things change.

Thursday, March 19 from 6 – 8 PM
Sohier Room, Main Library

Join us for a special Cookbook Club. We are taking a culinary tour of South Korea. Browse one of our cookbooks or find a delicious delicacy to cook and share.  

There is no mystery ingredient for this program, let’s explore Korea together. Share your dish at the library on March 19.

Questions? Please contact Katie at knelson@noblenet.org  or 978-621-6062, ext. 2122. Sponsored by the Friends of the Beverly Public Library.

What is cookbook club?
Cookbook Club is a chance to meet some new people, try some good food, and experiment with cooking.

Special Cookbook Club Guidelines

Please cook, bake, or make something Korean inspired and bring it to Cookbook Club on March 19 at 6 PM. Please bring serving utensils and a single copy of your recipe including all of the ingredients you used. We will collect the recipes and share them with the group via email after the program. Food should be brought ready to eat. Please make enough to share with the group but remember that people will only be trying a taste, or two, of each dish! In the interest of the environment, if you would like to bring reusable plates, bowls, and cutlery, please feel free. No pressure, though. The library will have paper products available. If you would like to swap leftovers, you are welcome to bring a food storage container as well.

We can’t wait to see what you make!