Fines for late return of items to Dublin City Council Libraries abolished

Dublin City Council would like to advise its Library users that, from now on, members will not be asked to pay fines when returning overdue items. All existing fines will also be cancelled.

People whose membership has been suspended can have it reinstated by calling to the library, confident that there will be no fines to pay and that they can begin using their local library once again.

Speaking about the new initiative Brendan Teeling, Acting Dublin City Librarian said: “Libraries are an invaluable resource for all in the community and we want to remove any barriers that might prevent people making full use of them. That is why we are eliminating fines and other charges. Libraries are welcoming spaces where all members of the community can access knowledge, ideas and information, and where people can reflect, connect and learn”.

He added “Research has shown that people view fines as a barrier to membership and usage of libraries. In addition, fines disproportionately affect those on lower incomes and can create a negative association with library use for children. There is evidence that library services which have removed fines see an increase in usage following their removal and we very much hope that will be reflected now in our Library Services.

We invite everyone to visit their local library during January and see for themselves all that is on offer there, completely free. We can promise that a resolution to use your library more is one you will find very easy to keep throughout the year”.

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