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Libraries to abolish fines for overdue books

Modern libraries are safe, welcoming places and by abolishing fines, charity Live Borders is hoping to attract new members and encourage people who were previously members to return and start using their local library or mobile library again.

Other library services in the country have taken this approach and have seen an increase in library visits.

Lisa Denham, Connected and Creative Communities Manager at Live Borders told us:

“Library fines have been in existence since the very early days of libraries. Processing and administering fines can be time-consuming for staff – and fining library members for not returning books is a slightly antiquated approach.

“We are encouraging members of the public to return undamaged, overdue library items to their local libraries. There will be no charges to pay and we would be happy to reactivate any lapsed library memberships so that people can begin to use their local library again.

“Removing fines will be a permanent change and our aim is to ensure that our libraries are there for everyone. By removing this barrier it will help more people to discover their local library and achieve our charitable aims of keeping everyone healthier, happier and stronger in the Scottish Borders.”

To get further into the festive spirit, library members with outstanding or current charges will have them removed and are instead being encouraged to make a donation to Live Borders or provide an item of food which Live Borders will donate to local food banks in time for Christmas.

Live Borders is a charity. Every penny you spend with us is reinvested into supporting active, creative and healthy communities in the Scottish Borders.