News Release - April 22, 2009

For Immediate Release: April 22, 2009

Contacts: Michelle Jeffers (415) 557-4282

Overdue Fine Amnesty for Returned Materials

San Francisco Public Library is encouraging patrons to return their overdue books and other library materials and restore their borrowing privileges without penalty or fine during an amnesty period to be held May 3-16, 2009. Materials returned need to be in good condition.

"The San Francisco Public Library is a great place to escape by reading books, listening to music and watching films; it is important that this luxury remains available to everyone. By instituting this amnesty period, we want to encourage people to return their overdue materials and enjoy all that the library has to offer," said Mayor Newsom.

"This program is particularly important in the current, difficult economic climate. Overdue fines may pose an economic barrier to Library access for those patrons who could benefit the most from Library resources," said Deputy City Librarian Jill Bourne. "This will also promote the return of needed Library materials as well as increase library usage."

The last time San Francisco Public Library held an amnesty program was in 2001; at that time more than 5,000 items were returned with a total value of more than $100,000.

Overdue materials can be returned to any branch or the Main Library during the amnesty period. To encourage participation, the Library is asking, What's Your Excuse? Patrons are encouraged to share their cleverest excuses about why their materials are overdue at The best excuses will be highlighted on the Web site.

For more information on the library overdue materials amnesty, please call 415 557-4277.

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