Library Threatens Jail for Overdue Books

by Admin on September 6, 2016

A library in Alabama, U.S wants to put borrowers with overdue books in Jail for 30 daysbooks


The Athens Limestone Public Library in Alabama is threatening to enforce an ordinance that requires people who have not returned overdue books to be jailed for up to 30 days.

Digital Journal reports “Under Section 54.6 of Ordinance 93-1157 of the city of Athens Code of Ordinances, not returning a book or other material to a city library by its due date shall be prima facie evidence of an intent not to return the borrowed items. Action can be taken against the borrower but not until at least 10 days have elapsed from the time a written notice has been sent out.

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If the borrowed material is not returned within the 10-day period, the borrower can be prosecuted. Upon conviction, the person faces a fine of up to $100 and can be jailed for up to 30 days.”

Athens Public Library is not the only library that’s using jail time to retrieve their books. In 2014, a woman in Shawano, Wisconsin was arrested for failure to return items she had checked out in 2011.

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