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Most late fees eliminated as UB, other SUNY libraries merge systems

The more than 60 libraries at State University of New York campuses have united under one software system.

Libraries at the University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State and other SUNY schools will share catalogs, information and resources, with officials saying the consolidation will lower costs and help the institutions operate more efficiently. The schools previously operated their own individual library systems.

UB libraries loaned out 110,000 items during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

The changes include getting rid of most overdue fines and quadrupling loan periods – from four weeks to 16 weeks for books and from one week to a month for audio and visual materials, according to UB. Late fees for high-demand items, such as materials placed on course reserve by faculty, will remain in place.

Patrons can easily search for and borrow materials from any SUNY campus using the system provided by Ex Libris, a supplier of cloud-based solutions for higher education. The change took effect July 2, UB reported.

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