Fine Free!

In the spirit of celebrating our upcoming 150th anniversary, we are pleased to announce that Ottawa Library is going fine-free for all items except laptops and e-readers. Effective January 5th, 2022, Ottawa Library has eliminated overdue fines accrued at Ottawa Library. Additionally, all outstanding overdue fines have been cleared from patron records. Fees for lost or damaged items will remain. This page will answer some common questions about why libraries go fine-free and why we chose to do so.

Why Go Fine-Free?

How will the library get their books back if overdue fines aren't charged?