FINES for returning a book late to the local library are now a thing of the past.
Libraries in Kerry will no longer be imposing financial penalties on overdue books from this Tuesday and, in addition, all outstanding fines as of that date will be removed.
This is in line with all public libraries nationally and is one of the key aims of the new public library strategy which was launched by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring, last June.
The strategy is based on the fact that the library is a free, lifelong resource that should be available to all without barriers or charges.
Library charges have been shown to have a detrimental effect on library use by children and the disadvantaged and there is little evidence to show they ensure timely returns.
Library borrowers will continue to receive reminders and overdue emails to prompt them to return items to the library, as normal, on or before their due date to allow them to be borrowed by others.
Items can still be renewed online, by phone or in person at a local library and failure to return or renew items will result in the user’s card being blocked from taking out or renewing any further items, including e-books and e-audio books. Borrowing privileges cannot be restored until an overdue item is returned.
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