Cessnock Library is feeling fine (free)!

Cessnock City Library is pleased to announce they are no longer charging borrowers fines for books that are returned late, encouraging greater access to their services and removing barriers for community members most in need.

Library Services Co-ordinator, Rose-marie Walters said that most borrowers return their books on time and will continue to do so without the fear of a financial penalty.

“Discontinuing overdue fines is an important step in encouraging our community to interact with our libraries in a positive manner and enjoy all the benefits they have to offer,” said Ms Walters.

The library has also made borrowing even simpler by making it free to reserve any item via their online catalogue of over 80,000 items, including books, magazines, CDs and DVDs. Borrowers can even reserve cake tins from the baking collection.

In addition, the library has implemented automatic renewals. Three days before items are due, provided there are no reservations, items will automatically renew for the normal loan period. The library circulation system will auto-renew borrower’s loans twice.

“We hope these changes encourage more community members to visit and become members of our fantastic libraries,” said Ms Walters.

Find library locations, opening hours and access the Cessnock City Library website online at www.cessnock.nsw.gov.au/library.