McAllen Public Library kicks off April amnesty month

by Office of Communications | Apr 04, 2017

During the month of April, McAllen Public Library (MPL) will run a month-long drive to get overdue books, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-rays back on the shelves.

Fines will be removed for any overdue item that is returned from April 1 to April 30. Items may be returned to any of MPL’s three locations, and any item returned qualifies for the amnesty, no matter how long patrons have had it.

“During last year’s amnesty month drive, McAllen Public Library waived $9,000 in fines. More importantly, families who were kept away from the library due to late books were able to check out library materials again,” Library Director, Kate P. Horan said. “Our goal for this year is to get 1,000 late items returned. Staff have something fun planned once we reach that goal.”

The amnesty period only applies to currently checked-out items that are returned. Fines for previously returned items are not eligible for amnesty.