Topic: Public LibrariesAn Anonymous Patron writes to share this article from the Islington Gazette on fines (or lack thereof) for late books. From the article, "She added: "People feel a moral obligation to bring the books back." Ha! - A.K. Comments Yeah, so? My library doesn't charge fines either, and it's not the huge problem you might think it would be. Fines I've been trying for years to advocate a middle ground: charge cost recovery fees for the measures required for getting materials back on time: i.e. the cost of producing (labor and material) overdue notifications, whether that is done by email, regular mail, or phone.No library software seems to accomodate this concept, though. Sigh. "Ha!" ? Well, I guess you'd attempt to disbelieve in Anarachist libraries as well...-- Ender, Duke_of_URL fines We take in an average of $400.00 a day on fines, damage fees, and book replacements. It is a great help to our budget and with a university library, we need the patrons to get their material in on time so the next student doing the same research paper will have good access to the same resources.