Good news for all patrons of the Chicago Public Library who are living with the guilt and shame of overdue books. From August 20th through September 7th, items may be returned fine free, no questions asked. In this Bloomberg Business Week article, reporter Keenan Mayo interviews CPL Commissioner Brian Bannon on the concept and practice of amnesty periods.
Due to regain $2 million worth in materials, CPL is willing to waive the $1.4 million in fine revenue. In addition, patrons who essentially gave up using the library because they could not pay fines, will be able to resume using it in good standing.
Dubbed “Once in a Blue Moon,” this event actually coincides with the astronomical phenomenon it is named for.