Bayside Council endorsed a library fine amnesty and agreed to abolish future fines on overdue library items at a Council Meeting on Wednesday 10 March 2021.
“This is a great initiative that is being adopted by many libraries,” Mayor Joe Awada said.
“I hope all library members look around their homes and bring in all overdue books. A book that is not returned is a book that cannot be borrowed by anyone else.”
The amnesty on overdue items runs from April until the end of June and library members are encouraged to return all overdue items.
Council spends about $500k every year on library items that are available to the community. If an item is not returned it means someone else is missing the opportunity.
Now that COVID-19 restrictions are easing and library operations returning to normal the amnesty will support our community and encourage members to return overdue items.
Information about the amnesty and fines will be sent to all library members encouraging them to return all overdue items and make sure membership details are up-to-date.