Li­brary books not free

Matamata Chronicle - - Opinion/news -

My hus­band and I moved to Mata­mata from Auck­land just over two years ago and we are en­joy­ing our life here.

How­ever there is one gripe that I have with the li­brary, the fact that new books have a $2 charge on them. It seems that there are more and more new books and I am hav­ing in­creas­ing dif­fi­culty in find­ing a free book to bor­row.

When does a new book be­come an old book? Com­ing from a li­brary where all books are free I find this very frus­trat­ing.

I am a se­nior ratepayer, (the rates here are just as ex­pen­sive as the rates in Auck­land by the way) and feel that we are pay­ing for the li­brary with our rates. As I rarely carry a lot of money, if any, on me and the fact that the li­brary does not have eft­pos does not help even if I do wish to take out a new book. I don’t mind pay­ing a small fee for re­serv­ing a book, nor do I have any ob­jec­tions to pay­ing a fine for over­due books but I think that hav­ing to pay $2 to take out what seems to be the ma­jor­ity of the books a bit much.

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