Definitely a concern in both public librarianship and school librarianship: how do we ensure the safe return of materials, yet not penalize those who need the resources and services of the library the most? Sadly, if a person could afford a $10 book, they would likely just purchase it and avoid the possibility of being sent to collections for late/lost fees. Likely, those who can’t afford either will just forego the luxury of books, and the joys of life long learning.
In school libraries, will the cost of checking out books that are never returned become so cost prohibitive that school collections become smaller, or policies tightened so materials are not loaned out at all? When students are penalized for using materials, are they being taught to value those materials or avoid them? And how can we teach the value of books, and responsibility that comes with borrowing books, without loaning them out?