Over­due book fees scrapped at all of the county’s li­braries

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

FROM Jan­uary 1, 2019, over­due book fines be­came a thing of the past for Fin­gal Li­braries mem­bers.

Any li­brary user who has over­due items can re­turn them with­out hav­ing to pay over­due fines. Mem­ber­ships can also be re­ac­ti­vated im­me­di­ately and mem­bers will have full ac­cess to li­brary ser­vices.

The re­moval of fines for li­brary users is one of the ac­tions in­cluded in the na­tional strat­egy, ‘Our Pub­lic Li­braries 2022 – In­spir­ing, Con­nect­ing and Em­pow­er­ing Com­mu­ni­ties’. This strat­egy, launched in June 2018, aims to im­prove ac­cess to and in­crease use of the li­brary as a com­mu­nity hub.

The five-year strat­egy is a joint ini­tia­tive of the Depart­ment of Ru­ral and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment, the County and City Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (CCMA) and the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Man­age­ment Agency (LGMA).

Fin­gal’s County Li­brar­ian, Betty Board­man said: ‘Li­braries are an in­valu­able re­source for all in the com­mu­nity and we want to re­move any bar­ri­ers that might pre­vent peo­ple mak­ing full use of them.

‘That is why we are elim­i­nat­ing fines and other charges. Li­braries are wel­com­ing spa­ces where all mem­bers of the com­mu­nity can ac­cess knowl­edge, ideas and in­for­ma­tion, and where peo­ple can re­flect, con­nect and learn.’

She added: ‘Re­search has shown that peo­ple view fines as a bar­rier to mem­ber­ship and us­age of li­braries.

‘In ad­di­tion, fines dis­pro­por­tion­ately af­fect those on lower in­comes and can cre­ate a neg­a­tive as­so­ci­a­tion with li­brary use for chil­dren.

‘There is ev­i­dence that li­brary ser­vices which have re­moved fines see an in­crease in us­age fol­low­ing their re­moval and we very much hope that will be re­flected now in our Li­brary Ser­vices.’

No more over­due fines at Fin­gal Li­braries.

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