Putting a sacred cow out to pasture: assessing the removal of fines and reduction of barriers at a small academic library
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At the beginning of the 2012/13 academic year, Vancouver Island University library removed most fines and made other loans changes to improve access to physical collections. One year later, the changes were assessed using circulation data and staff interviews. The removal of fines had no significant effect on borrower return rates and circulation numbers, but did win significant goodwill among users. Library staff believe the changes to be positive.
Identifier (Other)DOI: 10.1016/j.acalib.2014.04.003