Carver Memorial Library in Searsport has gone fine-free on all its materials and forgiven any fines that are on borrowers’ accounts. Borrowers will still be charged for lost or damaged items, and those with items more than 30 days overdue will be blocked from checking out anything else until the late items are returned. There is now a “conscience jar” on the counter for those with late books who may wish to contribute. Going fine-free is a growing trend in public libraries. The goal is equitable library access for everyone in the community. Fines can be a burden for some and may prevent them from making full use of what the library has to offer or keep them away from the library entirely. Books and other materials may simply never be returned for fear of dealing with accrued overdue fines. Carver has also extended the loan period from two weeks to four weeks for most materials in the hope that the extension will help people return items on time for others to use. Borrowers are encouraged to check in with the library to see if there are any outstanding items on their accounts so they can be returned and the accounts cleared.