Food for Fines Week at the Pima County Public Library

library.gifBring your non-perishable food items to the Pima County Public Library branches and receive up to $10 off your overdue book fines during National Library Week, April 15-21, 2007.

With the Food for Fines program, for every food item you donate, $1 in overdue fines will be waived, up to $10 per library card. You will be asked to fill out a food donation form and return it to the customer service desk.

You must bring your library card and food donations to the library’s 24 locations. The Woods Memorial Library, which is closed for renovations April 13- 28, will participate the week of April 30-May 5. Customers of the Southwest Branch Library, which is also closed for renovations until mid-August, can take their donations to either the Mission or Valencia branch libraries to receive their waivers.

Food items will benefit the Community Food Bank, 3003 S. Country Club Rd., and its branch food banks in Ajo, Arivaca, Green Valley and Marana.

Customers can only give food donations to waive overdue fines, not lost or damaged items, and collection agency fees will not be waived.

The Food for Fines program encourages customers to return valuable materials that may otherwise be permanently lost to the library’s collections. In some cases, customers may be able to return to good standing so they can borrow more library materials.

There is a three day grace period on overdue items. After the grace period, fines are calculated from the due date to the date the item is returned or renewed. The daily fines for overdue books are:

  • 25 cents daily for adult materials and adult magazines.
  • 10 cents daily for juvenile and young adult materials, adult paperbacks, youth magazines, youth paperbacks and youth fotonovelas.

All items, except 7-day books and items with holds, can be renewed on-line at, by phone at (520) 903-2865 or (520) 903-2866, or at any branch library. Book drops for returning materials are also available at all library branches 24-hours a day.