OCPL offering Expanded Access to Library Services

The Oconee County Public Library (OCPL) is changing a few things to make it easier and more enjoyable to use the library, tells Director Blair Hinson. “Among measures approved by the Board of Trustees at their meeting on July 23, was one reducing the fines on DVDs and Blu-Ray discs from $1 per day per item to $0.50 per day per item, with a $3 maximum fine per item, down from $6. Another measure approved by the Board was one eliminating the provision that users with fines over the library’s maximum per account, $5, are unable to use the public Internet computers at any of the library branches. While users must still pay down their fines to check out items or use electronic resources like OverDrive, they may now use the computers at the libraries to print things out or to search for information, even if they owe more than the maximum fine balance. In addition, users may now enjoy their beverages, with lids, please, and light snacks in many areas of the libraries. Food and drink will still be prohibited in areas with sensitive materials, like the Ann Rogers South Carolina History Room at the Walhalla Main Library.” For more information about the OCPL, check out their virtual branch online at www.oconeelibrary.org.