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The Great Read Away!

Read at Home and Reduce Your Fees

LA County Library cardholders can get rid of library fees by reading them away. For every hour spent reading, $5 in fees will be removed from your account. How easy is that?!

To participate in the program, customers 21 years old and under may fill out this form—or get help with a parent to do so. Include your library card number, hours read, and what you read. Our team will let you know when the fees have been removed from your account. We make updates Monday – Thursday.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify?

If you’re a library cardholder, 21 years old and under, and have fees, you’re eligible! You just have to log time reading by submitting the form above.

What fees will be waived?

All fees accrued on your card, except meeting room fees. We will waive fees associated with lost and damaged material replacement fees, Treasurer Tax Collector fees, and library card replacement fees.

If I don’t have fees on my account, or I already paid the fees, can I get cash or credit for reading?

No. The Great Read Away program waives outstanding fees only. No reimbursement of past fees or credit towards possible future fees will be provided.

Do I have to read for the full hour to receive credit?

While the program is based on a $5-an-hour credit system, let us know if you can only read for a shorter period.

Do I have to read to receive credit, or can I watch a movie, listen to music or surf the web?

Only reading material qualifies for credit, but that means more than just books—you can also read graphic novels or comic books, magazines, newspapers, digital databases, articles, or eBooks. Listening to a book (audiobook on CD or OverDrive, or another person reading to you) also counts. Watching movies, even if based on a book, or listening to music do not count.

Can I read to reduce fees accrued on another person’s account?

A parent or caregiver may read to a child, thereby reducing the fees on the child’s account (not the parent’s). Otherwise, no, you must read away the fees on your own account and cannot reduce the fees of other cardholders.