Toronto Public Library Eliminates Late Fees To Combat Racial Inequity

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The Toronto Public Library announced that it is eliminating fines for children in hopes of combating inequity. On Tuesday, the Toronto Public Library (TPL) announced that it will waive late fees for the 33,000 children’s accounts that have overdue books. According to a local Toronto news outlet, waiving the fees will cost the library $600,000. Toronto Mayor John Tory advocated for the policy on Twitter and said that removing children’s fines “will remove the financial barrier that has kept many Torontonians from enjoying all that our libraries have to offer.” In a separate statement, the TPL claimed that “late fines have a disproportionate impact on racialized and low-income communities in Toronto.” The same statement estimated that 5 percent of children from low-income communities have blocked library cards because of overdue fines compared to one percent of children from wealthier families.

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