CHAMPAIGN — The library board on Monday gave the green light to a proposed policy to limit most non-residents to two items per cardholder while leaving that number open to administrative changes in the future.
The approval comes on the heels of the board’s decision to rescind a $200 annual fee to residents of the Mahomet and Tolono library districts, after the regional system of which the Champaign library is a part threatened to suspend Champaign’s membership.
Library officials may now either give the 21 families with an existing non-resident card the option of a refund or allow them to keep their special privileges until the card expires. Some board members said, given the threat of suspension from the Illinois Heartland Library System, refunding the fee on a pro-rated basis may be the safest way to come into compliance with the state law prohibiting such a charge.
The policy approved on Monday would allow the library to limit checkouts to non-residents, except those from Urbana. The wording was left intentionally indefinite to allow administrators to adjust the checkout limit without board approval. Library Director Marsha Grove said the limit will be two items per cardholder for the immediate future.
More in Tuesday's News-Gazette.