November 30, 2015
By Emily Hooper
DALLAS (SMU) – In the spirit of holiday giving, SMU Central University Libraries are once again waiving library fines in exchange for food donations for the North Texas Food Bank.
Starting Sunday, Nov. 29, for every donation of a can or package of non-perishable food, SMU faculty, students and staff will receive a $2 credit toward their library fines for overdue materials from Fondren Library Center and the Hamon Arts Library. Last year, the SMU community donated 374 cans – equaling $748 in waived library fines.
The Food for Fines program began in 2000 as a way for students to reduce or eliminate library fines while also giving back to the community.
“The initiative encourages students to take a look around their dorm rooms to see if they do have any books that might well be overdue,” said Gillian McCombs, dean and director of Central University Libraries. “It is easy to forget these deadlines when you are powering away on a research paper during finals.”
Food donations are being collected through Wednesday, Dec. 16. All SMU community members are welcome to participate – even those who have no library fines to cancel.
Waiver credits do not apply to lost book replacement charges or processing fees. Credit only applies to overdue book fines currently assessed; no future credit can be applied. Overdue fines cannot be waived if they have already been sent to the Bursar’s Office for collection.
“Every year we see students show enthusiasm for the program,” said Sam Cavanaugh, front desk receptionist at Fondren Library. “Last year we had several students bring in cans that amounted to more than their library fines. It’s great to see students giving back.”