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Feng Wei, Zach Austin Eze, Maddie Berthiaume, and Victoria CostaStudents Feng Wei, Zach Austin Eze, Maddie Berthiaume, and Victoria Costa celebrate a partnership with the Leddy Library to support the Liberty Project.

Leddy Library offers Feel-Good Fines to ring in holiday season

’Tis the season to give and Leddy Library wants to help patrons get in the holiday spirit with Feel-Good Fines.

The library is offering the campus community two ways to feel good about paying overdue library fines.

  • First, from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15, students can pay their overdue library fines with canned goods to support the Campus Food Bank. For each non-perishable item donated, students will receive a $2 credit towards their fines.
  • Second, all fines paid on Tuesday, Nov. 27, will be donated to the Liberty Project through Enactus Windsor as part of UWindsor’s #GivingTuesday initiatives.

Giving Tuesday logo“Leddy Library has been collecting donations in lieu of fines during the holiday season for close to a decade now,” said Dave Johnston, head of access services. “Every time we run the program, we are always overwhelmed by the generous response.”

There are a few rules to remember: Each student can redeem a maximum of $50 and cannot gain additional credit to pay off future fines. In addition, donations cannot be applied to fees for missing or lost materials unless those materials are returned.

“I think it’s a great initiative, especially if you have outstanding fines,” said Maddie Berthiaume, a second-year business student. “You really do feel good knowing that your contributions are supporting fellow students in need.”

Food items can be brought to the circulation desk, located inside the library. Be sure to check the expiration date of the item before donating.

—Marcie Demmans