No more fees for late return of borrowed library items

Tuesday, 11 April, 2023

pile of booksIn line with the National Strategy for libraries, which shows a commitment to remove charges from public libraries, EDLC library users is no longer charging for the late return of borrowed items.

Although charges will be waived, borrowing times for books, eBooks, audiobooks and CDs will remain at three weeks and DVDs and console games, one week. Members will still be required to return items on time or extend their borrowing period. If a hired item has not been requested by another user, members can renew their return date, online [opens in a new window], by phone or by popping into any EDLC library in person.  

Jim Neill, Chair of East Dunbartonshire Culture and Leisure Trust, said, “We want to make EDLC libraries a welcoming place for everyone and to encourage East Dunbartonshire residents of all ages to come in and see what their local library has to offer.  We know these are financially challenging times so please don’t be put off returning to your local library if you are late to return an overdue book.

“However, I would urge members to consider other library users: if you haven’t finished with your borrowed item, please log into the website or give the library a call and get the loan renewed.  It is important we ensure everyone has an opportunity to access the variety of reading and audio-visual materials we have available.”

In recent years, EDLC libraries have grown to become much more than a place to borrow books – library users now have access to a wide variety of digital and analogue resources. There are Bookbug and Story Stars sessions for little ones, after-school activities for school children, and young people can find a quiet space to study or take part in the many events and activities on offer for all adult users such as craft sessions and author visits. 

Details of upcoming events can be found on our Eventbrite page [opens in a new window].  Library users can also book a computer session, host a book group within the library and access music catalogues.  Those interested in local history can delve into our archives and find out about local heritage walks and even join an organised walk. 

Jim Neill continued, “If you haven’t been to your local library for a while, please take the time to visit as you are bound to find something that interests you.  There is also digital access to library materials, and everything can be found on our website [opens in a new window].  It is our hope that by removing the fines for the late return of borrowed items, customers will feel comfortable returning to use our services and those who are not yet members choose to join up.  We are very much looking forward to welcoming more visitors to our local libraries.”

New members can join EDLC libraries either online [opens in a new window] or in person at any local library.  Applicants need to provide proof of name and address, such as a utility bill or driving license.  Children or young people under 16 years must have their membership counter-signed by a parent or guardian.

Full details on how to become a member and the many benefits of library membership can be found on our website [opens in a new window].

Please note that EDLC libraries will retain the right to suspend membership of anyone who repeatedly fails to return borrowed items by their due date. 

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