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The Great Read Away!

Read at Home and Reduce Your Fines

LA County Library cardholders age 21 and under can get rid of library fines by reading them away. For every hour spent reading, $5 in fines will be removed from your account. How easy is that?!

To participate in the program, children, teens and young adults up to age 21 may fill out this form—or get help with a parent to do so—including library card number, hours read, and what you read. Our team will let you know when the fines have been removed from your account. We make updates Monday – Thursday.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I qualify?

If you’re 21 years old or younger and have an LA County Library card with fines, you’re eligible! You just have to log time reading by submitting the form above.

What fines will be waived?

Any and all fees accrued on your card, except meeting room fees. We will waive overdue fees, lost and damaged material replacement fees, TTC fees, and library card replacement fees.

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

No. The Great Read Away program waives outstanding fees only. No reimbursement of past fines or credit towards possible future fines 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 fines 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 fines of other cardholders.

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