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Library Fees Eligible for Forgiveness Through City’s Amnesty Program

In accordance with the City’s Amnesty Late Fee Program, the New Orleans Public Library is offering a one-time fine and fee waiver for any outstanding fine and fees up to $200.


Cardholders with outstanding fines and/or fees can come into any Library location between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022 to receive the one-time waiver. The Library recognizes that fines and fees can be a barrier to members of the community seeking our services, and we hope this program will help us to better serve all New Orleanians.


Who Qualifies?

Any and all New Orleans Public Library cardholders with outstanding fines and fees are qualified to receive one waiver during the Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program. 

What are the Benefits?

During the program, fines and fees up to $200 will be waived one time for all cardholders that participate in the program.

I don't think I have any fines or fees, but I don't know because I lost my card. What can I do?

Stop by any branch location between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2022 to receive a new card at no cost. We’ll check your account for additional fine or fee dismissal. 

How do I Participate?

  • Bring a picture ID or Library Card to any New Orleans Public Library location before Dec. 31, 2022.
  • Ask about the Amnesty Late Fee Forgiveness Program at any service or information desk. 
  • Card holders have the special opportunity to bring back overdue Library materials fine-free one time during this program.
  • Each cardholder only gets one waiver during the program.

If I Have Already Paid a Penalty, Can I Get It Back?

No. The Amnesty Program only applies to unpaid outstanding fines and fees.

In addition to Library fines and fees, residents can apply the City’s late-fee forgiveness program to pay delinquent parking and/or photo safety citations, settle your delinquent sales & hotel/motel tax accounts, satisfy code enforcement violation fines, and pay late sewerage and water bills.

Visit for more information about this program, or call the information hotline at (504) 658-2019.


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