Milwaukee Public Library launches Welcome Back campaign


How many times have you checked out a library book and forgot to return it? Those overdue fines add up. But never fear, the Milwaukee Public Library is waiving eligible fines for patrons who make an in-person visit to either of the 13 branches in their system September 26 – October 9.

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service reports:

Milwaukee Public Library welcomes back library patrons of all ages who may have been blocked from using the library due to fines and fees associated with having long overdue materials. Adults and children are encouraged to visit their local branch of Milwaukee Public Library between Monday, September 26 and Sunday, October 9, 2016 when Library staff will help patrons get reconnected to the wealth of resources that the library has to offer.

Those interested in participating in the “Welcome Back” campaign should visit, in-person, one of the thirteen Milwaukee Public Library locations where they may return any overdue books, videos, music, or other library materials during this two-week campaign. Any cardholder with MPL fines or materials charges may come in and ask for fine forgiveness for themselves or for their children, even without materials. Library staff will work with patrons to re-activate library accounts, in addition to waiving all fines and fees. Items placed in book drops and fines on suburban Milwaukee materials are not eligible for this program. 

“We are working hard to increase access to the library for Milwaukee residents,” said Paula Kiely, City Librarian.  “We’ve added hours, enhanced our programming, and now we want to remove one of the biggest barriers – old fines and fees.  Our staff will work personally with patrons to bring their library record back into good standing, and provide a personal update on the programs and services the library has to offer.”

For more on the Welcome Back campaign, visit Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.