For those Barlow Memorial Library patrons who had stopped checking books out from the library because they have late fines on their account, you can relax and return. Iowa Falls’ library announced that effective Jan. 1, overdue fines on books, periodicals and audio books have been eliminated.

Library Director Erin Finnegan-Andrews said the move is intended to boost library usage. It follows in the footsteps of other libraries that have done the same. Public library systems in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and New York have eliminated late fines in recent months.

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