Easy going librarians

Chester Public Library:

What fines do I have to pay if I return an item late?

We are easy going people. We do not have late fees/fines. A conscience box is located on the counter for you to make a donation for late items. Privileges may be temporarily suspended if items are a few months overdue. Please be courteous to fellow library users and bring your items back in a timely fashion.

I'm sure there are all sorts of complicated problems with doing away with late fines, but I do like the idea of fine-free libraries. One of those problems might be about how auditors would respond to the idea of a “conscience box” of cash on the counter. Of course what works for one particular library might not be a good fit for another. Needless to say, this post contains my personal views only.