No More Overdue Fines…@ Your Detroit Public Library

Guess what is happening at your Detroit Public Library (DPL) in September? NO FINES! You read that correctly. For the first time in 154 years, the DPL will no longer charge overdue fine penalties for late items. In other words…NO FINES! Just return your book, DVD, etc. and you will be back to borrowing.

Beginning September 1, 2019, the Detroit Public Library will discontinue charging overdue fines for late returns.  All past overdue fines are being eliminated, except those for damaged or lost items.

With NO FINES, it will now be easier than ever to borrow materials and enjoy the library. You can sign up for our streaming services, such as Overdrive, Libby and Hoopla, which provide great on-demand, digital content including e-books, movies and music. Or, take advantage of our public computers, public Wi-Fi, and educational databases like for free.  If for nothing else, come back to DPL for all of our great programming and exhibitions that will engage, enlighten and entertain. So come see what’s been happening “since you’ve been gone.” You are always welcome at your Detroit Public Library.

Due Dates Still Matter

Although there will be no more fines, you should still return your items on or before their due dates.  You cannot checkout additional books and other materials until your overdue items have been returned. If you have damaged or lost items or owe collection fees, you will still need to settle your account with the library to reinstate your borrowing privileges. You can check your remaining balance by logging into your library account at or stop into any DPL location to talk with a staff member.

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