The Cabrillo Library is going fine free! This means that people will no longer be charged overdue fines when they return library items late.
For many decades, libraries incorrectly assumed that late fines motivated people to return items on time. Extensive, emerging research now shows that, instead of motivating prompt returns, daily or hourly library fines discourage people from using library services. At the Cabrillo Library, while we still appreciate timely returns, we will no longer be charging overdue fines. We hope that this will encourage everyone to make greater use of our resources!
If you’re unsure about where to start, visit the library on the Aptos Campus in person Monday-Thursday from 8:45am-4pm, ask a librarian in Watsonville at El Patio, or send our librarians a message through Ask a Librarian.
See this FAQ for more detailed information: