Students donate food for fines

Late-book levies reduced for people bringing in non-perishable goods


Bringing back an overdue library book to one of Dalhousie University’s libraries and having trouble finding the cash to pay the fine?

Instead of paying, bring a food item or make a donation that will go to the Dalhousie food bank.

For every non-perishable food item, the Dalhousie Library will reduce fines by $3 – up to a maximum $50.

“An item, could be a can of soup or a bag or pasta,” says Marlo MacKay, communication officer at Dalhousie’s Killam Memorial Library.

The food donations will be split between Feed Nova Scotia and the Dalhousie Student Union Food Bank.

“The idea is to provide another opportunity for students to reduce their overdue fines while helping the community at the same time,” says MacKay.

Food-for-fines has been offered for more than 10 years.

Last year the library collected 786 non-perishable food items, waiving $1,300 in fines.

“It began as a Dalhousie initiative and then it spread so now it is a province wide initiative,” says MacKay.

All university and community colleges that are involved in Novanet (a resource Dalhousie University uses for looking up anything inside or outside of the library) now participate in food for fines.

Since many students live in residence and may not have food items to donate, they can make cash donations.

Students can only reduce their fines with donations until Feb. 28.