Central Library
The San Diego Central Library. Photo by Navid Serrano via Wikimedia Commons

The San Diego Public Library will forgive overdue book fines for an estimated 133,000 patrons next Tuesday during National Library Week.

The amnesty, which comes at the urging of City Councilman Chris Cate and amid a growing movement in California, will be formally announced on Tuesday.

Last year, Cate asked the city’s Library Department to study the issue during a meeting of the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee, which he chaired.

“I felt that banning a child from our public libraries due to an overdue book fine is unreasonable and contradictory to the mission of our libraries,” said Cate.

He noted that in several branch libraries located in low-income neighborhoods more than 40 percent of patrons are effectively blocked because of fines.

Cate will formally announce the forgiveness of late and overdue fines at a press conference on Tuesday.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.