Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Overdue library book fees may be scrapped

Overdue library book fees may be scrapped

Angus Council could to become the first local authority in Scotland to scrap charges for overdue library books.

County libraries could scrap “old-fashioned” late fees in an attempt to woo back lapsed customers with armfuls of books they were too embarrassed to return.

Councillors will be asked to approve the termination of the traditional fees which generated around £18,000 a year for the council from November.

It is hoped the loss of revenue will be made up by an influx of new readers, at a time when other businesses that charge late fees are in decline and the emergence of websites like Amazon has made downloading books easier and more affordable.

A report by Alastair Wilson, the interim head of services to communities, states overdue fees can cost councils more in lost book stock than they accrue.

A temporary amnesty in March last year saw £5,250 of charges waived and 3,172 items with a total value of £24,400 returned.

Mr Wilson states: “With the demise of high street video shops and the rise of download-to-view services, the concept of late return fees is old-fashioned.

“Library fines promote to our communities a traditional view of the library as an out-of-date and unfriendly place.”

Library overdue charges in Angus were increased by 400% in April 2011 and set at 20p per day per item and 10p per day per item for under-16s and those in receipt of benefits.

While overdue fees would be scrapped, lost or long-term missing book fees would remain, with a flat charge of £8.50 to cover administration. All overdue charges outstanding at the time of implementation would be cancelled.

Mr Wilson acknowledged there is a risk that the incidence of late returns will increase, making stock unavailable for others but the new library management system will provide “new opportunities” to mitigate this risk, including email reminders before books become overdue.

The incidence of late returns would be monitored and action to discourage late returns would be explored and implemented if required.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]