May 24, 2022

Pensacola: West Florida Public Library System Will Waive Fines in Exchange For Blood Donation

From the Pensacola News Journal:

On Tuesday, the main public library in downtown Pensacola will offer patrons a little extra incentive to donate blood by offering to waive library fines up to $50 in exchange for their donation.


“Typically, a patron will run up several late fees, and then will end up not returning to the library,” [John] Shelton, [director’s aide] said. “Some of those people aren’t able to pay for the fees, and so by donating blood, they can get that fee wiped away and start coming back to the library.”

Shelton was inspired by a library in Connecticut [see below] that hosted a similar blood drive with great success.

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See Also: Darien Library, CT“American Red Cross Blood Drive – Donate Blood and Your Library Overdue Fines are Waived” (via Suzy Said; August 26, 2015)
Similar reports from 20142013 and 2012.

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