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Fine Free Libraries in Canada

Updated: March 1, 2021

This document lists, by province, libraries that have fully or partially eliminated fines for overdue materials.

To suggest additions or updates to this page, e-mail  info@librarianship.ca


Alberta

Calgary Public Library
(as of July 1, 2020)

  • A Fine Free Model
    Report to the Calgary Public Library Board Strategy & Community Committee (March 10, 2020)

Camrose Public Library
(as of December 2020)

Carstairs Public Library
(as of October 1, 2020)

Cold Lake Public Library
(as of September 2018)

Didsbury Municipal Library
(as of January 1, 2018)

Edmonton Public Library
(as of June 11, 2020)

Fort Saskatchewan Public Library
(as of September 14, 2020)

Grand Prairie Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Lac La Biche County Libraries
(includes Stuart MacPherson Public Library and Plamondon Municipal Library)

Lethbridge Public Library
(as of February 2021)

Pincher Creek & District Municipal Library
(as of March 1, 2021)

Strathcona County Library
(as of June 2020)

Sylvan Lake Municipal Library
(as of September 2020)

British Columbia

Burnaby Public Library
(as of July 13, 2020)

Creston Valley Public Library
(as of January 2, 2020)

Fort St. James Public Library
(as of February 16, 2021)

Grand Forks and District Public Library
(as of January 1, 2014; as of March 2013 for children’s materials)

Greenwood Public Library
(as of January 20, 2020)

Hazelton District Public Library
(as of January 25, 2019)

Hudson’s Hope Public Library
(as of December 2020)

Invermere Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Kaslo & District Public Library
(as of January 1, 2020)

Mackenzie Public Library (Children’s and Teen books)

North Vancouver City Library
(as of May 11, 2020)

Pemberton & District Public Library
(as of 2009)

Radium Hot Springs Public Library
(as of 2016)

Richmond Public Library
(as of February 14, 2021)

Rossland Public Library (Children)

Salmo Valley Public Library (Children, Junior, Young Adult books)

Simon Fraser University Library (General Collection)
(as of May 2018)

Smithers Public Library
(as of January 2019)

Thompson Rivers University Library (General Collection)
(as of February 2017)

University of British Columbia Library (General Collection)
(as of September 15, 2020)

Vancouver Island Regional Library (Children)
(as of January 1, 2019)

Vancouver Public Library (Children)

Whistler Public Library
(as of August 27, 2017)

Manitoba

Boissevain-Morton Library (except on videos)
(since 2010)

Winnipeg Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

  • Library Fines and Fees
    Report to Standing Policy Committee on Protection, Community Services and Parks (October 19, 2020)

New Brunswick

Mount Allison University Libraries & Archives
(as of July 2020)

New Brunswick Public Library Service (Children)

Newfoundland and Labrador

Northwest Territories

Aurora College Library

Beaufort Delta Region Libraries

  • Aklavik Community Library
  • Fort McPherson Community Library
  • Inuvik Centennial Library
  • Tuktoyaktuk Community Library
  • Ulukhaktok Community Library

Dehcho Region Libraries

  • Fort Liard Community Library
  • John Tsetso Memorial Library

Sahtu Region Libraries

  • Dèlı̨ne Community Library
  • Fort Good Hope Community Library
  • Norman Wells Community Library
  • Tulita Community Library

South Slave Region Libraries

  • Fort Resolution Community Library
  • Hay River Centennial Library
  • K’atl’odeeche First Nation Library
  • Mary Kaeser Library
  • Zhahti Koe Community Library

Tlicho Region Libraries

  • Behchokǫ Community Library
  • Behchokǫ (Rae) Community Library / Elizabeth Mackenzie Community Library
  • Gamètì Community Library
  • Wha Tì Community Library

Yellowknife Public Library
(as of September 1, 2020)

Nova Scotia

Acadia University Library
(as of July 2020)

Annapolis Valley Regional Library
(as of 2020)

Atlantic School of Theology Library
(as of July 2020)

Cape Breton Regional Library
(as of 2020)

Colchester-East Hants Public Library
(as of April 28, 2020)

Cumberland Public Libraries
(as of 2020)

Dalhousie University Libraries
(as of July 2020)

Eastern Counties Regional Library
(as of December 20, 2019)

Halifax Public Libraries
(as of August 5, 2020)

NSCAD University Library
(as of July 2020)

Nova Scotia Community College Libraries
(as of July 2020)

Saint Mary’s University Patrick Power Library
(as of July 2020)

St. Francis Xavier University Libraries
(as of July 2020)

South Shore Public Libraries
(since the ’80s)

University of King’s College Library
(as of July 2020)

Université Sainte-Anne Louis R. Comeau Library
(as of July 2020)

Western Counties Regional Library
(as of June 2020; as of 2016 for children’s materials)

Nunavut

Ontario

Ajax Public Library
(as of December 1, 2020)

Barrie Public Library
(as of July 1, 2020)

Brampton Library (Children)
(as of September 4, 2018)

Brantford Public Library
(as of March 15, 2021)

Chatham-Kent Public Library (Children)
(as of March 1, 2021)

Clarence-Rockland Public Library
(as of December 2020)

County of Brant Public Library
(as of January 1, 2020)

Edwardsburgh Cardinal Public Library

Fort Erie Public Library (Children)
(as of January 2020)

Haliburton County Public Library
(as of March 2020)

Halton Hills Public Library (Children and Teens)
(as of June 15, 2019)

Hamilton Public Library (Children and Teens)

  • Fines and Fees
    Report to the Hamilton Public Library Board (June 17, 2020)

Harris Learning Library (Nipissing University and Canadore College)
(as of summer 2018)

Innisfil ideaLAB and Library
(as of July 1, 2020)

Kawartha Lakes Public Library
(as of October 1, 2020)

Kingston Frontenac Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Kitchener Public Library
(as of January 2021)

Lambton County Library (Children)

Lincoln Public Library (Children)
(as of January 2020)

London Public Library
(as of November 2020; as of September 1, 2017 for children’s materials)

Newmarket Public Library
(as of January 1, 2020)

Niagara-on-the-Lake Public Library (Children)
(as of January 2020)

Oakville Public Library
(as of January 2021; as of February 2019 for children’s print materials)

Ottawa Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Oxford County Library
(as of January 1, 2018)

Pelham Public Library (Children)
(as of January 2020)

Rideau Lakes Public Library
(as of September 1, 2014)

St. Thomas Public Library
(as of December 1, 2020)

Scugog Public Library
(as of March 2020 (ad hoc); as of October 15, 2020)

Thunder Bay Public Library
(as of January 1, 2020)

Vaughan Public Libraries
(as of June 2020)

Welland Public Library
(as of November 19, 2020)

Prince Edward Island

PEI Public Library Service
(as of October 2, 2020)

Quebec

Centre de documentation collégiale

List of Quebec public libraries via l’Association des bibliothèques publiques du Québec

Abitibi-Témiscamingue

  • Ville-Marie

Bas-Saint-Laurent

Capitale-nationale

  • Baie-Saint-Paul
  • Baie-Sainte-Catherine
  • Deschambault
  • Grondines
  • Neuville
  • Pont-Rouge
  • Saint-Alban
  • Saint-Hilarion
  • Saint-Irénée
  • Saint-Laurent-de-l’Île-d’Orléans
  • Saint-Siméon

Centre-du-Québec

  • Aston-Jonction
  • Chesterville
  • Drummondville
  • Durham-Sud
  • Ham-Nord
  • Inverness
  • Laurierville
  • Notre-Dame-de-Ham
  • Saint-Cyrille-de-Wendover
  • Saint-Eugène
  • Saint-Guillaume
  • Saint-Norbert-d’Arthabaska
  • Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets
  • Saint-Samuel
  • Saint-Wenceslas
  • Sainte-Brigitte-des-Saults
  • Sainte-Cécile-de-Lévrard
  • Sainte-Elizabeth-de-Warwick
  • Sainte-Hélène-de-Chester
  • Sainte-Perpétue
  • Saints-Martyrs-Canadiens
  • Tingwick

Chaudière-Appalaches

  • Cap-Saint-Ignace
  • Frampton
  • Honfleur
  • L’Islet
  • L’Islet-sur-mer
  • Lotbinière
  • Montmagny
  • Notre-Dame-du-Rosaire
  • Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur-d’Issoudun
  • Saint-Antoine-de-l’Isle-aux-Grues
  • Saint-Aubert
  • Saint-Benoît-Labre
  • Saint-Bernard
  • Saint-Camille-de-Leillis
  • Saint-Damien-de-Buckland
  • Saint-Flavien
  • Saint-Frédéric
  • Saint-Jacques-de-Leeds
  • Saint-Jean-de-Brébeuf
  • Saint-Julien
  • Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague
  • Saint-Magloire
  • Saint-Michel-de-Bellechasse
  • Saint-Nazaire-de-Dorchester
  • Saint-Philémon
  • Saint-Roch-des-Aulnaies
  • Saint-Séverin
  • Saint-Vallier
  • Sainte-Agathe-de-Lotbinière
  • Sainte-Aurélie
  • Sainte-Claire
  • Sainte-Clotilde-de-Beauce
  • Sainte-Hénédine
  • Sainte-Louise
  • Sainte-Lucie-de-Beauregard
  • Sainte-Marguerite
  • Sainte-Praxède
  • Sainte-Rose-de-Watford
  • Scott
  • Thetford Mines

Côte-Nord

  • Aguanish
  • Baie-Comeau*
  • Baie-Trinité
  • Bonne-Espérance
  • Côte-Nord-du-Golfe-Saint-Laurent
  • Franquelin
  • Godbout
  • Les Bergeronnes
  • Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan
  • Longue-Rive
  • Natashquan
  • Pointe-aux-Outardes
  • Pointe-Lebel
  • Portneuf-sur-Mer
  • Rivière-au-Tonnerre
  • Tadoussac

Estrie

  • Bonsecours
  • Bury
  • Chartierville
  • Cookshire-Eaton
  • East Hereford
  • Eastman
  • Frontenac
  • La Patrie
  • Lennoxville
  • Lingwick
  • Milan
  • Notre-Dame-des-Bois
  • Piopolis
  • Saint-Adrien
  • Saint-Augustin Woburn
  • Saint-Camille
  • Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton
  • Saint-Romain
  • Saint-Venant-de-Paquette
  • Stanstead
  • Stornoway
  • Weedon

Gaspésie—Îles-de-la-Madeleine

  • Cap-aux-Os
  • Cap-Chat
  • Cap-d’Espoir
  • Cloridorme
  • Gaspé
  • Grande-Rivière
  • Gros-Morne
  • Îles-de-la-Madeleine
  • L’Anse-au-Griffon
  • L’Anse-à-Valleau
  • Matapédia
  • Mont-Saint-Pierre
  • Murdochville
  • Percé
  • Petit-Cap
  • Rivière-au-Renard
  • Saint-Majorique
  • Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé

Lanaudière

  • Charlemagne
  • Crabtree
  • L’Assomption
  • Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci*
  • Notre-Dame-des-Prairies
  • Rawdon
  • Saint-Didace
  • Saint-Liguori
  • Saint-Michel-des-Saints
  • Saint-Paul
  • Sainte-Geneviève-de-Berthier
  • Sainte-Marie-Salomé

Laurentides

  • Ferme-Neuve
  • Grenville
  • La Minerve
  • Lac-Supérieur
  • Mont-Laurier
  • Montcalm
  • Nominingue
  • Notre-Dame-de-la-Merci
  • Notre-Dame-de-Pontmain
  • Saint-Jérôme
  • Saint-Placide
  • Sainte-Adèle
  • Sainte-Anne-du-Lac

Laval

  • Laval

Mauricie

  • Hérouxville
  • Saint-Boniface
  • Saint-Élie-de-Caxton
  • Saint-Luc-de-Vincennes
  • Saint-Narcisse
  • Saint-Roch-de-Mékinac
  • Saint-Sévère
  • Shawinigan*

Montérégie

  • Boucherville
  • Cowansville
  • La Prairie
  • Longueuil*
  • Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville
  • Saint-Georges-de-Clarenceville
  • Saint-Lambert
  • Varennes
  • Vaudreuil-Dorion
  • Venise-en-Québec

Montréal

Outaouais

  • Aumond
  • Blue Sea
  • Bois-Franc
  • Bouchette
  • Chénéville, Lac-Simon
  • Duhamel
  • Fassett, Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours
  • Grand-Remous
  • Lac-des-Loups
  • Lac-Ste-Marie
  • L’Isle-aux-Allumettes, Sheenboro
  • Mansfield-et-Pontefract
  • Messines
  • Montcerf-Lytton
  • Montebello
  • Namur
  • Plaisance
  • Saint-Sixte
  • Sainte-Cécile-de-Masham
  • Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau
  • Thurso, Lochaber-Partie-Ouest
  • Wakefield

Saguenay—Lac-Saint-Jean

  • Delisle
  • Desbiens
  • Girardville
  • Hébertville
  • Hébertville-Station
  • L’Ascension-de-Notre-Seigneur
  • Lamarche
  • Larouche
  • Mashteuiatsh
  • Petit-Saguenay
  • Rivière-Éternité
  • Saint-Charles-de-Bourget
  • Saint-Edmond-Les-Plaines
  • Sainte-Élisabeth-de-Proulx
  • Sainte-Hedwidge
  • Sainte-Jeanne d’Arc
  • Sainte-Monique
  • Sainte-Rose-du-Nord
  • Saint-Félix d’Otis
  • Saint-François-de-Sales
  • Saint-Fulgence
  • Saint-Nazaire

Saskatchewan

Regina Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Saskatoon Public Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Southeast Regional Library
(as of January 1, 2021)

Yukon