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Read Down Your Fines 2018

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We get it. Owing money on past due books, DVDs, games or any other library item is a drag. Well, here’s an idea: read down your fines.

From April 8 until June 2, for every 15 minutes you read at the Orange County Public Library, you can knock down your fines by $2.00.*

Here’s How to Read Down Your Fines

  • Come to any of our three locations, downtown Hillsborough, the Cybrary in Carrboro or the Carrboro Branch at McDougle Middle School.
  • Select some enjoyable (printed) reading material.
  • Visit a public service desk and let a staff member know you would like to read down the fine on your account. They will record your name and the time.

At this point, it might be good to scan your library card or otherwise look up your account, so we know how much of a fine we’re talking about, and what parts of the balance are eligible for ‘reading down.’

  • Let the same staff member know where in the library you will be reading.
  • Next, read as long as you like.
  • When you are finished reading, visit the same public desk and check in with the staff member. We will give you a ‘book buck’ showing how much you read.
  • Bring your book bucks to the circulation desk to pay down/off your fine.

Pay it forward
If you don’t have any library fines, but you know someone who does, you can pay it forward by reading down fines for them. You will not need to have the other person’s card in hand, but you will need to know their name and know they have fines. Think of this as an early Christmas or birthday present for a friend, co-worker or someone else who would like to get back to the library.  

*The fine print
All overdue fines can be erased through our read-down program, but costs for replacement items and processing, as well as interlibrary loan or any other service fee, cannot be applied to reading down balances on library accounts.