May 16, 2022

Final Numbers: More than 100,000 Items Returned During the Chicago Public Library Amnesty Program

From the Chicago Tribune:

Exactly 101,301 items were returned from Aug. 20 to Sept. 7 in the library’s “Once in a Blue Moon Amnesty” program, a rare window of time during which outstanding fines and fees were waived. The library estimates the value of the items returned during the program at about $2 million.


In total, $641,820 worth of fines were waived from library users during the amnesty period, [Library spokeswoman Ruth] Lednicer said.

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