Lynchburg Library Wants to Drop Fee

Lynchburg, VA - The Lynchburg public library wants to get rid of its library fee, but first it needs the go-ahead from City Council.

Right now, the library has a $25 annual charge for non-residents to borrow books - one of the few libraries in the area to charge. But the director says wiping away that fee will bring more people in and allow for more cooperation between the library systems in Region 2000.

The fees been around since the 80s, and the director says it's time to let it go.

"In these economic times a lot of people can't afford to pay that $25. And likewise, people who shop and work in Lynchburg may find it much more convenient to come to our library because it's where they spend their working day. They're here more often. They can use us conveniently," said Lynn Dodge.

The library started the fee in order to renovate the Jones Memorial Library. In fiscal year 2012, the fee brought in $7,000.