OnDemand Webinar
Removing Barriers to Access: Eliminating Fines & Fees for a Win-Win for your Library & Community
How do libraries overcome the barrier of imposing fines and fees on their community?

Librarians have long debated the moral and financial role that charging fines and fees has on the community for late, lost, or damaged library materials. Does this pose a significant barrier, especially for low income families? Join us as staff from the Colorado State Library and the High Plains Library District present on how libraries can eliminate these barriers without facing financial consequences.

Throughout this webinar you will:

  • Learn from other libraries’ experiences with eliminating fines and fees
  • Understand research and strategies for making a compelling case for eliminating fines and fees
  • Learn what professional research reveals about the benefits to eliminating these fees

Tune in to learn more about how this topic could potentially shift and improve your library’s relationship with your community. Register now!


Beth Crist Youth & Family Services Consultant at the Colorado State Library for seven years, coordinates statewide literacy initiatives, initiates and fosters a wide variety of partnerships, and provides training across the state. She has a strong passionate for eliminating barriers to library service and making reading fun for children.

Meg DePriest, MLIS, is a writer, researcher, and state library consultant. She served as a grant coordinator for Colorado State Library's SPELL project, which enabled eight public libraries throughout the state to develop innovative early literacy programs; and she wrote a white paper for Colorado State Library advocating for the elimination of fines and fees on children's materials. Currently, she is a consultant with the California State Library.

Judiane Koch is the Teen Librarian at the High Plains Library District in Greeley, CO. Judi has served the High Plains Library District in a customer service and programming capacity for more than 6 years. She has constant and direct interaction with patrons of all ages on a daily basis. Her passion is for STEM programming in public libraries and forging collaborative partnerships to better serve youth in our community.

Beth Crist
Youth & Family Services Consultant
Meg DePriest
MLIS, State Library Consultant
Judiane Koch