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Closing the book on overdue fines at library

FEES WAIVED: Horsham library officer Paul Demllo helps Cecile Vence return library books. Wimmera Regional Library Corporation will stop fining borrowers for late returns. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER

FEES WAIVED: Horsham library officer Paul Demllo helps Cecile Vence return library books. Wimmera Regional Library Corporation will stop fining borrowers for late returns. Picture: PAUL CARRACHER


Wimmera Regional Library Corporation will waive overdue fines at all its branches across the region from July 1.
Instead of charging fines, libraries will suspend member privileges until overdue items are returned.
An amnesty period from now until June 30 will allow people who return current overdue items to have existing fines removed.
People who call into their local branch and confirm or update their contact details will also have any fees waived. Wimmera Regional Library chief executive Ann Twyford said the change was designed to encourage greater use of libraries and enhance the collection-sharing experience.
“The library’s mission is to promote literacy and access to resources,” she said.
“We want to ensure that people feel comfortable visiting the library and using our collections.
“Rather than charging fines, we will give people the opportunity to renew items. Then, if items become overdue, we’ll send a reminder and allow a further grace period before suspending member privileges.
“Upon return of the items, all privileges will be automatically reinstated.”
Ms Twyford said the policy of charging replacement costs for lost or damaged items would remain unchanged and existing fines for these would remain on a member’s library card.

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Posted on Jun 19 2019

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