Bedford Public Library Eliminating Late Fees, Forgives Old Fines

(BEDFORD) – The Bedford Public Library is offering a grab-and-go service during Indiana’s Back on Track reopening.

Customers will no longer be charged late fees. Items will automatically be renewed up to two times.

Susan Miller, BPL director, says eliminating late fees, it will ease barriers from using the library.

The library is also forgiving all previous fines, so users who may have been avoiding using the library can start with a clean slate.

Customers will, however, be charged for lost or damaged items.

But the fact the library is fine-free should be welcome news for all.

Those who do not have a library card can apply for one digitally on the Library’s website. You can also check out items digitally on the website, Hoopla and Kanopy 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

And if you don’t have internet, you can park in the library parking lot to access their internet for free.

Customers can now begin checking out materials but will do so by phone or online. On Monday, library staff will call all customers who placed holds on materials and let them know when they can pick up those items. On Tuesday, people can begin requesting materials. Calls for materials will be taken Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m.

For customers who don’t have a specific title in mind, they can ask the staff to pick them out reading material.

Once a pickup time is arranged, materials, bagged and with the customer’s name, will be placed on a table near the K Street entrance. One staff member will be monitoring the pickup.

Grab & Go times:

  • Tuesday 10-2
  • Wednesday 10-2
  • Thursday 1-6
  • Friday 10-2

All materials will be returned through the book drop. Staff will spray the returned materials with a disinfectant and quarantine the items for a time before checking them back in to circulate.

The library hasn’t set a date for when the building will open to the public.