About Fresh Start

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Library accounts are blocked from checking out if they have an unpaid balance of $15 or more. This helps us make sure that Library materials are available for everyone. But if you’re a teen and aren’t able to pay your fines, we can help! We offer teens a one-time amnesty for late fines, and thanks to The Seattle Public Library Foundation we can also clear charges for lost items.

Many teens have blocked accounts due to late fines or lost items. The average balance on a blocked account is over $50, which many families are unable to pay. Find out how you can support this program and help teens start using the Library again at The Seattle Public Library Foundation’s website.

For Teens with Fines and Fees

If you are aged 12-19 and have a Library account blocked due to late fines or lost items, stop by any Library location and request a Fresh Start. You can also request a Fresh Start online.

For Adults with Fines and Fees

If you’re not a teen aged 12-19, we can offer payment plans or other options, depending on the circumstances. Please let us know if you’re unable to pay your Library charges and we will work with you to restore your access.

If you have a question or need help, Ask Us or call 206-386-4636.