East Lothian Council

Appeal to return overdue items during library amnesty

Published Friday 25th September 15

Inside North Berwick library

Any overdue books, CDs or DVDs lying around?

In preparation for the replacement of the Library Management System, East Lothian Council’s Library Service has undertaken a major stocktake of all its books, DVDs and CDs which has identified a significant number of overdue loans missing from local libraries.  The overdue loans amount to around £27,000 in combined fines/charges outstanding but in a bid to retrieve the stock the Library Service will have an amnesty period to encourage the return of loans.

Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing, Cllr Tim Day, said:

"There can be many reasons why loaned stock isn’t returned to libraries. Sometimes people are worried if a book/DVD/CD has been damaged, or an item may have been misplaced and then rediscovered after some weeks, and so they decide to keep it rather than face the fines. Holding an amnesty helps the library service to recover stock whilst also helping our library users.” 

East Lothian Council Library Service is asking library members to return any books, DVDs and CDs which they may have kept past the return date. Library members who have outstanding charges on their library record can have these waived during the amnesty period.

The amnesty begins on the 28th September and runs to the 31st October 2015 and is applicable to all library-users. Anyone who has any overdue items can simply return them to any of East Lothian’s local libraries during this period.

From 1 November, 2015 the Library Service will have a new policy which should reduce the ability of library borrowers to run up library fines or hold overdue books for any length of time.  The Library Service spends around £200,000 a year on the purchase of new books and other library resources.

Beth Nelson, Library member, who uses Dunbar library thinks

"the amnesty is a worthwhile exercise as it allows the stock to be reissued and as a result there is more choice for everyone in East Lothian”.

East Lothian Council runs 12 Branch libraries and 1 Mobile Library and lends in the region of half a million (500,000) items a year.  

More information on the Library Service, including opening hours can be found at www.eastlothian.gov.uk/libraries

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