Pub­lic en­cour­aged to go back to the li­brary as fines scrapped

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With fines now abol­ished in all li­braries, the pub­lic is be­ing en­cour­aged to re­con­nect with their lo­cal li­brary.

Li­brary mem­bers do not have to pay fines for over­due items, and no ex­ist­ing fines will be col­lected. Any li­brary user who has over­due items can re­turn them, con­fi­dent that there will be no penal­ties and mem­ber­ships can be re­ac­ti­vated on the spot.

The re­moval of fines for li­brary users is one of the ac­tions in­cluded in the na­tional strat­egy, Our Pub­lic Li­braries 2022 — In­spir­ing, Con­nect­ing and Empo er­ing Com­mu­ni­ties. It aims to in­crease the use of the li­brary as a com­mu­nity hub.

Cork’s act­ing county li­brar­ian Bernie Wal­lace, said: “Li­braries are an in­valu­able re­source for all in the com­mu­nity and we want to re­move any bar­ri­ers that might pre­vent peo­ple from 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.

“Re­search has shown that peo­ple view fines as a bar­rier to mem­ber­ship and us­age of li­braries. 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.”

Pic­ture: Martin Walsh

An­drew, Dar­ren, and Matthew O’Driscoll from Castle­haven at the launch of the new mo­bile li­brary.

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