As of July 1, 2022, Signal Hill Public Library has eliminated fines for overdue books and materials. As of this date, past, present, and future overdue fines for materials will no longer be charged.
The burden of administrative fines and fees can create financial strain for low-income families and can contribute to a cycle of economic hardship. Recent actions statewide have brought to light the concept that administrative fees can have a disproportionate impact on vulnerable individuals, particularly youth, non-citizens, and people of color.
For these reasons, more and many libraries around the country—and the world—are eliminating fines. Signal Hill Public Library is happy to be a new member of fine free libraries.