Note from the Supervisor

Press Release

Artesia Public Library
205 West Quay Avenue
Artesia, New Mexico 88210


October 5, 2021


Artesia Public Library Eliminates Late Fines

Artesia, New Mexico – The Artesia Public Library is happy to announce that late fines have been eliminated on regular library materials. Guided by the American Library Association, and following in the steps of many public libraries, the library strives to provide increased access to library materials and services. Late fines have historically been used as a means of encouraging the timely return of books. However, it has been found that late fines create barriers to access. When late fines are due, library users with limited incomes, especially children, are more likely to not return the late library materials and never return to use the library.

In 2019, the American Library Association issued a resolution citing that monetary fines create economic and public relations barriers that prevent libraries from carrying out the core values of librarianship. The Artesia Public Library is committed to these core values of librarianship, which includes providing lifelong learning services, providing free and equal access, and providing the highest level of service to all library users.

The Artesia Public Library Board of Trustees unanimously voted in favor of eliminating late fines on regular library materials. Library cardholders are still responsible for replacement costs of materials that are unreturned or damaged. Also, library card privileges will still be suspended until replacement costs have been paid in full. Special materials, such as wireless internet hotspots, audiovisual equipment, and Interlibrary Loan materials, will continue to carry a late fine.

August 20, 2021

To remain compliant with the New Mexico Public Health Order, the library requires all patrons two years and older (regardless of vaccination status) to wear a face covering at all times while in the library building. If you do not have a face covering, one will be provided for you. We are also practicing social distancing and making every effort to provide a sanitized environment. It is the library’s priority to remain open to the public. In order to do so, we put the health and safety of our patrons and library staff first. We appreciate your continued support and cooperation!

The library continues to remain open Monday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. We have planned many Fall programs to begin in September. Follow us on Facebook or see the event calendar on our website.

If you are not comfortable coming into the library, we continue to offer curbside service, remote printing, and Wi-Fi access. The library also offers many online services including ebooks through Libby and a large variety of digital resources for both adults and children. As always, we are only a phone call away! Please let us know if we can assist you with your in-person or online needs.

Valerie Martin, Library Supervisor