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Budget Challenges Lead Prescott to Look at New Library Fees

25 March 2016  

Can and should the City charge for Library cards?

The City is considering an increase of fees at the Prescott Public Library, and has written to the State Librarian and County Library Director in order to discover whether such actions will jeopardize access to resources and funding. 

The fees that are being considered go far beyond simply renting meeting rooms. These fees might be applied even to basic library services, such as checking out books and other materials. 

City Manager Craig McConnell writes, “The City is considering setting fees for some or all of the following services effective July 1, 2016, unless notified by the state or Yavapai County that charges for particular services will jeopardize access to state and/or county resources under the Library Services and Technology Act (LTSA), the Yavapai Library Network Support Agreement, or strictures of the Yavapai Free Library District."

Fees that are under consideration include:

  • Admission to the library building
  • Issuance of a library card to residents within service area
  • Issuance of a library card to non-residents
  • Checking out books or printed materials
  • Checking out non-book materials
  • Use of public access computers by cardholders and/or non-cardholders
  • Use of WiFi connection at library
  • Printing from public access computers
  • Use of library meeting rooms
  • Providing test-proctoring services
  • Use of Interlibrary Loan Services
  • Fees for loss of library items
  • Service charge for lost items
  • Fines for return of items beyond the due date

See City Manager McConnell’s letter below:


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