PC Library going fine free; lending mobile hotspots, knitting needles


EATON — Spring has sprung at the Preble County District Library.

In order to further the library’s mission of connecting residents to the world, PCDL will begin offering mobile hotspot devices for checkout to the community. Mobile hotspots allow you to connect to the internet wherever a cellular connection is present. This is particularly useful for those in more rural communities of Preble County where traditional broadband or cable internet services are not available. Mobile hotspots will be available for checkout at local PCDL branches starting March 1.

PCDL is also starting a knitting needle lending program thanks to a donation of knitting needles in memory of Ann Albert. Those are now in circulation for citizens of Preble County to use, enjoy, and learn.

Also starting on March 1, patrons will no longer accrue overdue fines. Library checkouts will now automatically renew, unless someone else has a hold on that item. The Preble County District Library Board of Trustees and Director Lauren Robinson analyzed the library’s revenue and found overdue fines made up less than 1 percent of library revenue. Removing the possibility of overdue fines will eliminate the barrier that keeps community members from utilizing the library’s services. Following in the path of other fine-free libraries, PCDL wants to encourage continued use of library resources. Fees for lost items still apply. Contact local PCDL Branch Libraries regarding existing late item fines.

The Preble County District Library offers thanks to the community for its support and is excited to have the opportunity to offer these programs and services to the community. For more information about free library programs and services, visit www.preblelibrary.org.