No more fines for over­due books

The Sligo Champion - - NEWS -

Since Jan­uary 21st, Sligo li­brary mem­bers do not have to pay fines for over­due, un­dam­aged items and no ex­ist­ing fines will be col­lected.

Sligo Li­brary will fur­ther re­alise its mis­sion state­ment in pro­vid­ing a re­spon­sive, ac­ces­si­ble and in­clu­sive li­brary ser­vice for all.

The re­moval of fines for li­brary mem­bers 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, iden­ti­fied the im­por­tance of max­imis­ing ac­cess for all to the pub­lic li­brary ser­vice, the li­brary is a free life­long re­source that should be avail­able to all without bar­ri­ers or charges.

No fines does not mean no re­spon­si­bil­ity. Mem­bers will con­tinue to re­ceive re­minders and over­due emails to prompt them to re­turn items to the li­brary and are asked to please re­turn items on or be­fore their due date to al­low them to be bor­rowed by other li­brary users.

Fees for lost or dam­aged adult items will be charged and th­ese will be shown as a bal­ance on a li­brary ac­count.

There will be no re­place­ment charge for chil­dren’s items which have been lost or dam­aged.

Sligo Li­brary now in­vites and en­cour­ages mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­turn your un­dam­aged, over­due items to any of their branches. This is also your chance to find out all that they have to of­fer, in­clud­ing:

* FREE Mem­ber­ship

* FREE Ac­cess to on­line ser­vices such as eBooks, eMagazines and eCourses

* FREE ac­cess to over 300 li­brary cat­a­logues around Ire­land

* Easy Ac­cess to re­newals and holds with your own per­sonal log-in

* Lo­cal Stud­ies and fam­ily re­search ac­cess

* Ac­cess your li­brary ser­vice from any­where in the world at www.sligoli­brary.ie

Sligo Li­brary had one of its busi­est years so far in 2018 with over 148,000 books is­sued, our hugely suc­cess­ful Sum­mer Star Read­ing Chal­lenge, the renowned monthly lit­er­ary event, The Word plus lot’s of ex­cit­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, talks and events.

The re­moval of over­due fines is an­other way for li­braries to en­cour­age peo­ple who might not reg­u­larly use the li­brary to ex­pe­ri­ence all that we have to of­fer.

Li­brary mem­bers Eoghan Cur­ley-Mc­Manus and Mylo Bren­nan at Sligo Cen­tral Li­brary.

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