February 17, 2018

IN Library Limits Borrowing by Homeless, Then Reverses Policy

By LJ Staff

After losing $4200 in materials checked out be residents of local homeless shelters over the last four or five years, the Porter County Public Library, Valparaiso, IN, decided May 10 to limit adults to borrowing three items at a time on cards lasting three months, and to deny cards to children 17 and younger who lived in the shelters. The policy led several shelter officials to criticize the library, and further criticism from the community, including members who began collecting books to donate to shelters. On June 21, the board rescinded the policy, according to the Post-Tribune, and library officials acknowledged they should have consulted with the shelter directors, who now will help the library better track materials and borrowers.