[Libs-Or] Library cards for homeless/those without permanent address

Buzzy Nielsen buzzy at hoodriverlibrary.org
Tue Jul 10 11:13:34 PDT 2012

Check out our neighbors to the north at the Fort Vancouver Regional 
Library District for a different model: They don't charge fines, and 
they give a free card to anyone who lives within the jurisdiction of a 
tax-supported public library anywhere in the country.


Buzzy Nielsen

Library Director
Hood River County Library District
502 State St
Hood River, OR 97031

On 07/10/2012 10:15 AM, Diedre Conkling wrote:
> Actually what happens without fines is that items get returned at the 
> same rate as in libraries with fines.   The down side might be that 
> the returns come in a bit later, it is not that the items aren't 
> returned.  The major up side is the reduction of stress on staff.  
> Yes, there has been research done on this. I am, however, unable to 
> point anyone to the research today but probably could later in the 
> week.  Oh, the research is on return rates and not staff stress 
> levels. That is just a comment from my personal experience.
> On Jul 10, 2012 9:30 AM, "Kyle Banerjee" <banerjek at orbiscascade.org 
> <mailto:banerjek at orbiscascade.org>> wrote:
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