HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) — The Hershey Public Library has officially removed all late fees, a growing trend among libraries throughout the Commonwealth and the nation.

The new policy is in effect now. The library says late fees act as a potential barrier to guests, and that small fines have no effect on return rates.

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The Dauphin County Library System also removed late fees permanently this year after temporarily cancelling late fees during the COVID-19 pandemic.