Library fines abolished

FRANKSTON Library staff. Picture: Supplied

FINES at Frankston’s libraries have been abolished.

Past fines have also been waived in a bid to get people borrowing more.

Frankston Libraries manager Tammy Goodwin said “at the start of this year we asked the Frankston City community to participate in our bi-annual library survey. We received an overwhelming number of responses telling us that having a fine was a reason to no longer engage with library services.”

“We know that people can feel embarrassed if they’ve incurred a library fine and we don’t want our members feeling they can no longer enjoy all that the library has to offer.

“From our storytimes and school holiday programs, to our workshops and talks with popular authors – we’re here to support you and we welcome you into our library space late fine free,”

Council estimates that 21 per cent of library members owed fines.

Library members are now limited to borrowing 40 physical items, and lost item charges will remain.

First published in the Frankston Times – 24 November 2020

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