The Coquitlam Public Library waived more the $1,300 in fines in exchange for $675 worth of donations in its inaugural Library Giving Day on April 10.
The library joined an initiative started by the Seattle Public Library that has gone continent-wide in an attempt to not only fundraise, but also bring people back to the library who were reluctant to return because they owed money.
Coquitlam library executive director Todd Gnissios said there were 27 accounts and $1,339.71 in fines waived in exchange for a $25 donation. The highest waives were for accounts owing $207.85 and $117.30. The rest were under $100 including seven for less than $25, the amount of the donation. One account made a donation without owing any fees.