No charges for late books in Salford

13th June 2019

This June, Salford Libraries has removed all overdue charges (fines), including historical ones.

If members return any outstanding books, or if people borrow books and bring them back late, they won't have to pay a fine.

The decision has been made in a bid to make Salford’s library service even more welcoming.

Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said:

“We're removing fines on overdue books to encourage people to return our missing stock so we can get books back in circulation.

“We also don’t want people to avoid visiting libraries because of any worries about overdue charges. There’s nothing better than a good book  and the benefits of reading are well documented so we want to encourage as many people as possible to come and visit our libraries and see what we have to offer."

Library members will be charged for the cost of replacing books that are lost, but for any unreturned items that people still have at home - however long they've been there - all they need to do is take them to a Salford library and there will be nothing to pay.

There are sixteen libraries in Salford and more than 220,000 of books for all ages. Other facilities include storytimes for under 5s, IT classes and Digital You sessions which helps people understand smartphones and tablets, free use of more than 200 PCs and Wi-Fi, reading groups, business advice, children's holiday activities, free use of more than 40,000 e-books and e-audio books, free use of online services like Ancestry, art and craft sessions and many other events and activities.

For full information visit Salford Libraries

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