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September is Fine Amnesty Month


Welcome Back

Hi! I am so glad you are here and it is my great pleasure to welcome you back to your Butte County Library.  

During the month of September, you may visit any branch of your Butte County Library to have any and all fines you may have accrued completely waived from your library account. The goal of fine amnesty month is to eliminate any barriers to accessing your library and to help reunite you with the programs, services, and collections we have to offer.

If you haven’t been here in a while you may see many changes in your local branch and find new resources and materials available online, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, and research databases. All staff are here to help you become reacquainted with everything your local library branch has to offer and show you how to use our many new features. Just ask! Below we have an FAQ and a link to what’s online for you. 

Again - welcome back.

Mel Lightbody
County Librarian

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I return a long-overdue book to the library and get the fines waived?
Yes! During the month of September, you are welcome to return any library materials, regardless of condition, and the associated fines will be waived – no questions asked.

Q: What if I no longer have the items I need to return to the library? Can I still get my fines waived?
Yes! We’d just like to help you get your account back in good standing. Please visit any Butte County Library branch during the month of September, talk to any library staff member, and we will take care of your fines.

Q: I no longer have the items I borrowed from the library, but I’d really like to replace them. Can I bring in a replacement item? 
Yes! While it is not required to bring in a replacement item to have your fines forgiven, we would be happy to accept a new item in its place. 

Q: I do have an overdue item from the library, but the item has been damaged. Can I still return the item and have my fines waived?
Yes! We will accept any library item and waive the associated fines – no matter the condition. 

Q: What if I just have late fees? Can I have those waived?
Yes! During the month of September, your account will be cleared of all fines as a special one-time courtesy to get your account back in good standing. Please visit any branch of the Butte County Library to have your fines waived.

Q: I actually owe the library quite a bit of money. Can I really get all of my fines waived?
Yes! There is no minimum or maximum for fine waivers during the month of September. Please visit any Butte County Library branch and speak to any staff member to clear your account – no explanation required. 

Q: Will my fines automatically be waived? 

Fines will not be automatically waived. Please visit any branch of the library and speak to a staff member to have your fines waived. 

Q: I still have more questions!
We'd love to help! Please call or stop by your local branch, or contact library administration at 530.538.7525.


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