San Diego may decide to close the book on library fines.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that library director Misty Jones laid out the idea of eliminating fines for overdue items to a City Council committee last week. She'll present it to the full council in April.
Currently, people who owe $10 in fines can have their library lending privileges suspended. About 22 percent of San Diego library customers have had their accounts frozen. Many are from low-income areas.
Officials in Los Angeles have already created a special library car for kids that waives overdue fines for patrons under 18 years old. In 2016, they also held an amnesty period when users could return overdue books and materials without paying any fees.
The city's 36-branch system has 300,000 overdue items valued at more than $4 million.
Jones says that discourages them from using the library and might actually keep them from returning overdue items.
The city also says it costs more in staff overtime to handle fines than it collects.
Nashville, Salt Lake City and Columbus, Ohio have also eliminated some or all fines.