Over 10,000 books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and games can return home to East Dunbartonshire libraries for free – as residents have until 17 January before the overdue fine amnesty comes to an end.
Library staff are encouraging book lovers to return the thousands of items still on loan from before the pandemic, so others in the community can enjoy new and beloved stories.
Libraries throughout the area began waiving fines from members’ accounts at the start of lockdown in March 2020 and this will continue until 17 January regardless of how late an item is.
Even with all libraries returning to full opening hours, Connect & Collect will remain in place and the Home Library service will continue to deliver books to those who can’t visit the library. A wide range of eBooks, eAudiobooks and digital magazines are also available for members to borrow from home.
And throughout 2022, there will be special events in all libraries to celebrate Visit Scotland’s Year of Stories.
Jim Neill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture Trust said. “We hope this amnesty will encourage more people back to their libraries to discover new thrillers, bestsellers and award winning novels - as well as films, music and games.
“Library books and resources belong to all East Dunbartonshire residents and so it’s important that our libraries are well stocked and items are returned so they can continue to be shared with other members of the community.
“We’re asking people to have a look around their house – check cupboards and book shelves as there may be a library book or item you’ve forgotten about. It doesn’t matter if your book is two days or two years late, you can return it for free until 17 January 2022 and the staff will ensure it is back on the shelf and ready for borrowing.”
It’s now easier than ever for library members to keep track of their loans; online, by telephone, by visiting the library or using the EDLC Libraries App.
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