Fines are being waived at libraries in return for food donations.

The Lake County Library System will once again provide its annual Food for Fines program to library visitors from May 1 to May 31, with the program running from May 1 to May 31.

Library fines and overdue materials will be waived in exchange for donations of dry or canned food items, personal hygiene and baby products, and packaged pet food throughout the month of May, according to the library’s website.


Donations will be taken at each of the 16 Lake County libraries during their regular business hours, weather permitting. Pet food donations will no longer be accepted at the Umatilla Public Library.



Each item that is unopened and has not expired will amount to a $1 reduction in overdue library fines. There are no restrictions on the number of gifts that can be made by a single individual, though fines for missing or damaged library materials will not be waived.

Additionally, those without outstanding penalties are encouraged to donate stuff, as each item will be used anonymously to forgive the outstanding fees of another user. All donations will be sent to food pantries and charitable organizations throughout Lake County.

“This initiative provides library patrons with the opportunity to have their library fines reduced while simultaneously assisting in the distribution of food and other necessities to individuals in need,” said George Taylor, director of the Lake County Library System. Everyone is encouraged to participate and to pay it forward!” says the group.



More information about the Lake County Library System, including upcoming programs and resources, can be obtained by contacting or visiting your local library, or by visiting,, or by following the Lake County Library System on Twitter (@lakelibrary).


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