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D.C. Public Library fine forgiveness program ending

Sunday - 2/5/2012, 8:10am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - The D.C. Public Library's fine forgiveness program is coming to an end.

Sunday is the last day for the "Check It In" amnesty program, which began in December. The program encourages library patrons to turn in lost, overdue or damaged library materials including books and CDs. The library will forgive all fines and fees.

The District of Columbia has 24 public library branches throughout the city.

Library spokesman George Williams says from now on, no late fees are assessed until a book is 30 days late. Then, a flat fee of $5 is imposed. After 60 days, a lost or damaged fee is added, though the fees would not total more than $25.

Children's books are exempt from the fines.

Williams says the goal is to make sure people are returning their books so that more people can enjoy access to the library system's resources.

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