Reading Down Fines Pilot Program

Youth patrons can read for “credits” towards library fines.

The Chattanooga Public Library is piloting a new program called Reading Down Fines.

From September 1 – December 31, 2022, youth patrons will have the opportunity to earn “credits” pay down their fines accrued on overdue items.

On designated days and times, youth patrons will sign in at their local branch with the youth library staff and read on their own while in the department. Youth patrons can earn $2 of credit for each 15 minutes of reading while at the library, up to 1 hour or $8. Credits will only apply to overdue fines, not lost book/card fees, collection fees, or any other fees or charges.

Also, teen volunteers can choose to be Reading Buddies for youth patrons during the Reading Down Fines hours/events. The youth patron will read aloud to the teenager, who will be there to help with difficult words and to ask the younger child questions about the story to encourage the development of key literacy skills.


Northgate and Avondale from 4 pm – 6 pm

Eastgate from 4 pm – 6 pm

Downtown/Main from 4 pm – 6 pm

South Chattanooga from 4 pm – 6 pm

Avondale from 4 pm – 6 pm

Downtown/Main from 11 am – 1 pm
Eastgate from 10 am – 12 pm
South Chattanooga from 2 pm – 4 pm
Northgate from 9 am – 11 am

The Reading Down Fines Program will occur between September 1-December 31, 2022, after which time we will evaluate the success of the program before permanent implementation.

Downtown Library
1001 Broad Street
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Mon-Thurs: 8am – 7pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

Phone: 423-643-7700

Eastgate Library
5705 Marlin Road
Chattanooga, TN 37411

Mon & Thurs: 9am – 8pm
Tues & Weds: 9am – 7pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 6pm

Phone: 423-643-7770

Northgate Library
278 Northgate Mall Dr.
Chattanooga, TN 37415

Mon-Thurs: 9am – 7pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 6pm
Sun: Closed

Phone: 423-643-7785

South Chattanooga Library
925 West 39th Street
Chattanooga, TN 37410

Mon & Thurs: 9am – 7pm
Tues & Weds: 10am – 7pm
Fri & Sat: 9am – 6pm

Phone: 423-643-7780

Avondale Library
1305 Dodson Avenue
Chattanooga, TN 37406

Mon-Fri: 10am – 6:30pm
Sat & Sun: Closed

Phone: 423-643-6998

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