My friend Rich, a grad student at Penn, let me know about their brilliant food drive running through November called “Food for Fines”. From their news release:
Through the month of November, patrons can help feed our community while paying off their library fines. The Penn Libraries are sponsoring a food drive and fine amnesty program to benefit Philabundance. For each food item donated, $1 will be credited towards a patron’s account, up to a maximum of $20. Please note that credit cannot be applied to lost book replacement fees. […] For more information about Philabundance please go to www.philabundance.org
Heck yeah! Academic libraries rarely think seriously about community involvement beyond access to print collections, so it’s wonderful to see a private university partnering with a non-profit. However, ideally I’d rather see a no-fine system (save for loss, damage, and recalls) in place in higher ed, like NYU (and unlike Penn State).
Image credit: Penn’s Fisher Fine Arts Library by Daderot at Wikimedia Commons (edited).