BOOK RETURNS SURGE 240% AFTER CHICAGO ELIMINATES FINES

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago official says hundreds of overdue books have been returned in the three weeks since the city eliminated overdue fines at public libraries.

The City’s Library Commissioner told City Council members last week that the number of returned books has increased by 240%. On Oct. 1, Chicago became the nation’s largest major city to eradicate overdue library fees.

The Commissioner said people who owe fines can be afraid to go to the library because they can’t afford to pay the fines and that those fines can lead to loss of books and patrons.