Murrieta Public Library extends checkout time

The Murrieta Public Library is extending the materials checkout time to three weeks. This change will be ongoing for items checked out now and in the future. Library patrons can check out up to 30 items, including books, instruments, museum passes, and more.

In addition, February was the library’s Food for Fines month, and until February 28, the library will remove $1.50 of overdue fines (up to $15) for each non-perishable, nutritious, pre-packaged food item donated. Suggested food items for donation include baby food, canned soup, canned fruit, oatmeal, pasta, peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, and cereal, among other non-perishable foods. All donated items will be given to the Murrieta United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

“The Murrieta Public Library is passionate about providing excellent service and educational opportunities to our residents and visitors,” Melvin Racelis, Murrieta Public Library manager, said. “We don’t want the item checkout period to discourage anyone from utilizing the incredible variety of books and materials available at the library. We hope this extended time to return items will make using the Murrieta Public Library even more beneficial for our community.”

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