Food for Fines: Help yourself by helping others

Library System Director, Debra Rhodes Gibson, is pleased to announce that the Food for Fines program is returning this November.  An opportunity to eliminate most library fines, Food for Fines will run from Wednesday, November 8th through Thursday, December 21st. The food items collected will be used to stock the Health and Human Services Food Pantry, providing food for St. Johns County families in need.

It’s simple—bring one unexpired, non-perishable food item to the library and $1 of library fines will be waived from your record. The more you bring, the more the library will reduce your fine. This fine reduction program applies only to overdue fines. Fees related to damaged or lost items are not included in the Food for Fines program.

Last year over 18,000 food items were delivered to the Health and Human Services Food Pantry. The Food for Fines program is a great win-win for the citizens of St. Johns County. For more information about this program and other services of the St. Johns County Public Library System, please visit With 6 branch libraries throughout the County, and two traveling bookmobiles, you are sure to find a library close by!