Public Libraries: A Plan to End Fines For Overdue Books Under Consideration in Ireland
Library fines are set to become a thing of the past under a plan being worked on by Government.
A strategy for public libraries was discussed at some length by Cabinet today as it aims to increase library membership.
RTÉ News understands that one of the measures set to be introduced is the scrapping of fines for the late return of books.
The strategy aims to increase library membership and use by improving access and awareness of the services they provide and to reinforce the local library as “a trusted place in the community”.
Among the proposals in the strategy are smarter and more user friendly opening hours and removing barriers to access, including fines and book charges.
The National Library Strategy is to be launched in the coming weeks.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.