Fontana Regional Libraries offer to erase most overdue fines

All Fontana Regional Library locations in Macon, Jackson, and Swain Counties, including Hudson Library in Highlands, are offering to forgive most overdue fines until June 30 for any patrons who make the request.

“We know how difficult the COVID-19 crisis has been for our patrons, and we want to help as many people as possible get their library accounts back in good standing,” said Hudson Librarian Carlyn Morenus.

Anyone who would like to help the library financially can opt to pay their overdue fines or make a separate contribution.

The Albert-Carlton Cashiers Community Library is one of many Fontana Regional libraries offering to forgive overdue fines.

Overdue fines for books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other materials that have been returned can be forgiven, but not the fees to replace never-returned or damaged items. Also, collection agency fees cannot be forgiven.

“Even if you have something that has been overdue for years, go ahead and bring it back in before June 30 and ask us to check your account. We can help,” said Morenus.

Please call any Fontana Regional Library location to find out if there are any fines on your account, and ask that they be forgiven. 

For more information, visit www.fontanalib.org or call Hudson Library at 828.526.3031. Hudson Library, 554 Main Street in Highlands, is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday.

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