- Associated Press - Monday, March 7, 2016

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The city of San Jose’s library system is facing $6.8 million in unpaid fines across its 23 branches.

The San Jose Mercury News reports (https://bayareane.ws/1QGwasd ) that figure is roughly five times the amount of unpaid fines logged a few years ago in Chicago, a city nearly three times San Jose’s population.

It also exceeds unpaid fines at public libraries in Oakland, which has $3 million in outstanding fines, and San Francisco, which stands at $4.6 million, the newspaper reported.

Officials are now talking about reducing fines, which are higher than in other Bay Area library systems, or giving people amnesty on their fines.

When Chicago’s Public Library system held an amnesty program in 2012 it retrieved 101,301 overdue items, valued at approximately $2 million. More than 40,000 patrons also got their library cards reinstituted.


Information from: San Jose (Calif.) Mercury News, https://www.mercurynews.com

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