An anonymous patron has donated $325 to the , eliminating the need for an interlibrary loan fee.
"I'm thrilled," said Director of Library Services Barbara Pettijohn. "It wasn't just the fifty cent charge. The donor was also concerned that the staff would have to ask for the fifty cents, and that there was hassle about creating new forms. It was very touching."
Pettijohn explained that the library has been paying the $325 for a number of years. The fee allows the state to facilitate interlibrary loans between different town libraries.
The interlibrary loan cost has always been included in the budget, but this year a fifty cent fee was introduced to offset the cost, Pettijohn said.
"It makes it easier for the patrons, and it makes it easier for us," she said of the donation.
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The library did see other fee charges to mark the beginning of this fiscal year, including increasing DVD and video overdue fees from $1 a day to $2 a day, as well as museum pass overdue fees from $1 a day to $5 a day.
, the town council said it would reexamine potentially funding the interlibrary loan cost during the next budget cycle.