Midlothian libraries to end DVD and CD fines to encourage more users

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Midlothian Council has agreed to remove library fines and hire charges for CDs and DVDs to encourage a growth in users.

Libraries across Scotland have taken this approach and have seen an increase in borrowing, library membership and footfall with no detrimental impact on the return of items.

A spokesperson for Midlothian Council said: “Fines are a form of social inequality which negatively impact on the most disadvantaged in the community. The purpose of libraries is to provide access to information, resources and learning - not to prevent it. Fines and charges have been put on hold during the pandemic as communities have been unable to access physical services.

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“As we move through Midlothian’s recovery route-map and as library services resume, it is felt that a permanent removal of these charges and a fines amnesty would help welcome communities back.

“The removal of fines and hire charges will help more people discover and use their local library.”

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