My family uses the library a lot. We have a branch just 1/2 mile away, and we often pop in for books, magazines, or videos. In addition, whenever I come across a book I'm interested in, I go to the library's website and see if they have it; if they do, I put in a request for it, and they email me when it's available.
What this means is that at any given time, I can have anywhere from 20-40 items out on my card, with 5 or 6 different due dates. About the only way to keep on top of them all is to check the website every single day. Somehow, I just can't remember to do that, which means that I often have fines.
Here's where the tip comes in: Library Elf. Have you heard of it? If your library system is a participant, you register your card and Library Elf will email you when you have an item coming due in the next few days. That gives you time to either return it or renew it so you don't accrue fines.
Unfortunately for me, my current system does not participate! But I used it before we moved here from a neighboring county, and it save me a lot of fines. At that time it was totally free. Now I noticed that, while you can still get free basic service, there is a yearly fee for "premium" service ($12/one card, $20 multiple cards). For my purposes, I think the basic would be enough, but even if I decided to pay for the upgrade, it would still be less than I currently pay in fines per year.
Check here to see if your library system participates.
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