The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County forgives fines on Fine Amnesty Day

CINCINNATI - Fines at The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County will be forgiven on Wednesday — a way for the library to thank the public after it received a national award.

On Wednesday's Fine Amnesty Day, outstanding fines will be removed from library cards. The fines may be the result of items renewed or returned prior to May 15 and items returned or renewed on May 15.

The Fine Amnesty Day comes after the library received a National Medal for Library Service on May 8. Awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, it's the nation's highest honor recognizing museums and libraries for their service to the community.

"Fine Amnesty Day is just one small way to thank our community for the use and support that resulted in this national recognition. Without our supportive community and wonderful staff our library would not be the tremendous community asset it is. This award belongs to all of us. Thank you," the library posted on its website.

To participate in the Fine Amnesty Day, stop by one of the branches, call (513) 369-6900, send an email or use the text a librarian service. Also, and online form will notify the library staff that you want to be considered for fine amnesty.

Fines will not be forgiven on items that are still checked out as the items on your card must be returned or renewed in order for the fines to be cleared. Also, fines paid before May 15 will not be refunded.

For more information about Fine Amnesty Day, go to

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