Midlothian libraries to end DVD and CD fines to encourage more users
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.
“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.
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“The removal of fines and hire charges will help more people discover and use their local library.”