The Okotoks Public Library has done away with late fees.

They're going "Fine Free in 2023," which is effective as of January 1.

It's a growing trend in Canadian libraries, and for good reason.

"Studies have shown that fines disproportionately affect certain groups of people including youth, seniors, newcomers, those of lower socioeconomic status," says the library's director, Sarah Gillie.

"We wanted to remove that barrier and remove fines for 2023, and hopefully invite people back to the library."

According to the library's website, late fees only account for one per cent of their operating budget, and there are administrative costs associated with collecting them. has been keeping track of Canadian libraries that have been adopting the policy, with libraries in Banff, Lethbridge, and Strathmore included on the list.

It should be noted that fines can still be imposed for damaged or lost materials.