Donate Food to Reduce Your Libraries Fines Fall 2023

Nov. 27, 2023, 3 p.m.

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Syracuse University Libraries is offering our end of semester opportunity for students to reduce their library fines while doing good for others. “Food for Fines” will run from Monday, December 4 through the end of the Fall 2023 semester. All Libraries patrons with overdue circulation fines can reduce their fines by donating healthy, nonperishable food and hygiene items. Donations will be accepted at the circulation desks of Bird, Carnegie, Law, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and King + King Architecture Libraries. All food items will be donated to the Hendricks Chapel Food Pantry. Fine reductions exclude interlibrary loan and lost book fees.

Contributions from people without current fines will also be accepted. Fines will be reduced by $1 per item for toilet paper, lip balm, rice, pasta, canned vegetables/fruits/beans and pasta sauce. Fines will be reduced by $2 per item for liquid soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, cereal and canned meats/fish. Fines will be reduced by $3 per item for lotion, oatmeal, canned soup/baked beans, peanut butter/jelly, tea, hot chocolate, ramen noodles and granola. And fines will be reduced by $4 per item for shampoo/conditioner, deodorant and coffee. Contributions should not be open or expired and single-use items are preferred.

For more information about “Food for Fines,” contact Nick Olivieri at

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