A stack of books from the Chapel Hill Public Library on Thursday, May 14, 2020. The Library has since decided that it will not be reopening in Phase One of North Carolina's COVID-19 recovery plan.

Chapel Hill Public Library announces it will no longer charge late fines

Chapel Hill Public Library will no longer charge users overdue fines for late items. Under the new policy, users will receive a series of reminders to return the materials before receiving a bill for replacement costs and losing their ability to check out other items. Their ability will be restored once the items are returned or paid for. Town leaders said late fines had a disproportionate impact on “low-income and traditionally marginalized populations.” 


Chapel Hill Public Library

The Chapel Hill Public Library was established in 1958. It was located on West Franklin Street until 1967, when it moved to its current home off of East Franklin Street, at 100 Library Drive. 

The library offers a large selection of books as well as a digital media lab. The library was last renovated in 2011. It moved to a temporary home at University Mall until the renovations were completed in 2013.

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Ellery Adams is a mystery author from central North Carolina. Photo courtesy of Ellery Adams

Author Jennifer Stanley spills the tea on her new book

New York Times bestselling author and Long Island native Jennifer Stanley introduced her most recent mystery series, The Secret, Book & Scone Society, this Thursday at Chapel Hill Public Library. Stanley has written more than 30 novels. Under her pseudonym Ellery Adams, Stanley has published several mystery series and two cookbooks.