Public encouraged to go back to the library as fines scrapped
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.”
Andrew, Darren, and Matthew O’Driscoll from Castlehaven at the launch of the new mobile library.