City Corporation libraries offer fines amnesty for overdue returns

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City Corporation libraries offer fines amnesty for overdue returns
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Bookworm with a forgetful nature? You’ll want to bookmark this fines amnesty going on at City of London libraries.

Library users who have accrued fines and not returned overdue items will have all their fines cleared by the Barbican and Community Library Service, as part of a two-week amnesty.

Barbican Library, Shoe Lane, and Artizan Street Library and Community Centre will be waiving fines from 11-25 February.

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City chiefs say the amnesty will go a small way to easing the burden on City residents during the cost of living crisis, and will ensure people are able to access library services.

It is also a chance to recover items that didn’t get returned during the pandemic.

Deputy Chair of the City of London Corporation’s Culture, Heritage, and Libraries Committee, Munsur Ali, said: “The Barbican and Community Library Service’s fines amnesty provides a common sense solution to support our communities, and will help ensure that our libraries see the return of popular books that can then be read and enjoyed by other people.

“Our teams of community librarians are keen to stress that people shouldn’t feel ashamed about returning their items, and they are looking forward to seeing users return during the two-week amnesty.”

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