Monday, August 25, 2008

Pay your library fines or go to jail

Heidi Dalibor
Heidi Dalibor's booking photo from The Smoking Gun

The Smoking Gun reported on the arrest of Heidi Dalibor, a 20-year-old Wisconsin woman who failed to respond to letters and phone calls about two overdue books. While I understand that libraries have the right to retrieve their materials or be compensated for their replacement, stories like this fuel stereotypes that libraries are old-fashioned, overzealous, and punitive. It doesn't help that the fines were $30, but the cost of bailing her out of jail was around $170.

It reminds me of the Seinfeld episode with Mr. Bookman, the Library Detective:

Read more about the arrest at The Smoking Gun

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