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Food for Fines, Benefiting Unity Shoppe, at all Santa Barbara Public Library System Locations

Santa Barbara Public Library patrons can pay down overdue fines on their accounts Monday, November 5 through Thursday, November 15 by bringing items of food to the library to be donated to the Unity Shoppe of Santa Barbara.

The Food for Fines program will be in effect at the Central Library, located at 40 E. Anapamu St., the Eastside Library, at 1102 E. Montecito St., the Buellton Library, at 140 West Highway 246, the Carpinteria Library, at 5141 Carpinteria Ave., the Montecito Library, at 1469 East Valley Rd., and the Solvang Library, at 1745 Mission Dr.

The Santa Barbara Public Library System hopes that by offering the Food for Fines that, not only will more patrons take advantage of reducing their fines, but that all community members will take the opportunity to drop-off non-perishable food items for Unity Shoppe.

The food items will be delivered to the Unity Shoppe for their free food store, which serves thousands of eligible families and individuals during the holiday season. The Unity Shoppe has been distributing food and other necessities to low-income residents for over four decades.

Patrons are invited to exchange canned goods and other packaged, nonperishable pantry items for library overdue fines during Food for Fines at the rate of $1 per 1 item. The following items will be accepted in lieu of money during the Food for Fines program:

  • Food in unbreakable containers, such as cans, plastic jars, sealed boxes
  • Unopened and undamaged packages only with a visible expiration date
  • No repackaged or expired food

Food for Fines is for payment of overdue library fines only and does not include replacement fees for lost or damaged materials, collection agency fees, card replacement fees, and/or future overdue fines.

Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library System online at for information about library hours, locations, programs, and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.


Contact: , Cassidy Charles, Digital Services Librarian  

Phone: 805-564-5663



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