January 22, 2022

Public Libraries: A Plan to End Fines For Overdue Books Under Consideration in Ireland

From RTE:

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.

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From The Independent:

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 (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.