Effective Jan. 2, 2020, Wake County Public Libraries has eliminated late fees on overdue materials. Going late fee free means removing barriers so more people in Wake County have greater access to the WCPL's books, resources and services. 

What does this mean for library cardholders?

  • No more late fees charged on overdue items.
  • Existing late fees are cleared from all accounts, giving everyone a fresh start!

Important numbers to remember are 3, 2, 1, 0!

  • 3 Week Checkout Period 
  • 2 Courtesy Renewals 
  • 1 Happy Customer
  • 0 Late Fees!

For additional information, please see the Late Fee Free Policy.

Library patrons are still responsible for the replacement of lost or damaged books and other materials. However, you can return outstanding materials to clear replacement fees, and you won’t ever be charged a daily late fee!

WCPL encourages patrons to return books in a responsible and timely fashion so others may enjoy our shared resources.