Santa Fe Community College students will have
one less worry this Fall.
Effective Aug. 22, SFCC will no longer
charge fees for overdue library books.
Students will not be fined if books and other
materials are not returned by the due date,
but student records will still be flagged.
According to Joanne Laipply, library director
at SFCC, the decision will not only help library
staff and SFCC's finance department, but will encourage
students to use the library more often.
"Dues took a lot of staff time and student
frustration," Laipply said. "This was a student
oriented move, as well as a business move."
Victoria Cori, a SFCC student who works at
the library, said students would often get upset
and swear the books have been turned in, then tow
weeks later bring the same books back. She said
the new policy is both good and bad.
"It's good for the individual, but bad for
everyone else waiting for the missing book,"
The Library Advisory Committee recommended
the end to the fees at the inquiry of the finance
department at SFCC, who said the effort to process
and collect overdue fines was not worth the return
on the books.
"Other community college such as Miami-Dade,
FCCJ, Seminole and others have no overdue fee,
as well as the Alachua County Public Library,"
The new policy also will help distance-learning
UF students who have overdue books at SFCC.
UF and other universities, as well as 28 community
colleges around the state, have a reciprocal borrowing
policy that enables students to borrow books.
UF charges fines at the rate
25 cents a day and 25 cents an hour for
reserved books, though a seven-day grace
According to Carol Drum, chairwoman of Marston Science
Library, often the biggest charge comes from science books
that can cost three or four hundred dollars.
"We usually have problems with students
who have multiple books or when we have to charge
replacement fee," Drum said. "That's when we get students'