The El Centro Public Library is now fine free.

The City Council voted this week to end fines for overdue books at the city library. The change takes effect immediately. Mayor Sylvia Marroquin said, " we know many people have stopped coming to the library due to their inability to pay fines. We want people to return and continue using the state-of-the-art library constructed for them."

According to the library, there is a robust selection of books in English and Spanish, which staff continuously update. In 2023, more than 45,000 readers participated in the library's summer reading program.