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Library Book Fines Come to an End in Highland Perthshire

People borrowing library books across Highland Perthshire, and the rest of Perth and Kinross, no longer need to worry about paying a library fine for retuning an overdue book.

Culture Perth and Kinross is no longer fining local people for returning their books late in an effort to encourage more people to use their local library.

They’re hoping that this will remove a barrier for some people who could be discouraged from using their library because of the potential of paying a late fee.

Helen Smout, Chief Executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, said: “Libraries are all about giving free access to books, learning and knowledge to all. They are welcoming and inclusive places into which we want to encourage all members of our local communities.

“The traditional systems of library fines have always seemed to be contrary to these values, and I am delighted that we have been able to remove another potential barrier to making use of the wonderful free resources which libraries offer.”

Instead of paying a late fee, local people are being encouraged to return their books in time and if not to they’re being asked to renew in person, over the phone or online.

Anyone who has taken out a book and has not returned it in time will not be allowed to withdraw from the library until the book is returned.

Helen Smout added: “At a time of extreme pressures on everyone’s income and as we all look to live in more sustainable ways, the library comes into its own.

“I hope this move encourages people who haven’t been to their local library in some time to make a visit as I think they will be very pleasantly surprised by what they will find on offer and the welcome they will receive.” 

This move from Culture Perth and Kinross comes in conjunction with the ‘Forward: Scotland’s Public Library Strategy’ which aims to create a ‘desire for a vibrant, sustainable future for Scotland’s public library network.’

More on this strategy can be found on: https://scottishlibraries.org/advice-guidance/national-strategies/forward-scotlands-public-library-strategy/

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