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Library amnesty on overdue items

Bega Valley Shire Library Trainee, Stacey Cook.Tuesday, 1 August 2017

An amnesty on overdue Bega Valley Shire Library items will run for the entire month of August prior to new overdue rules coming into effect from Friday 1 September 2017.

This affects items such as books, magazines, dvds and talking books, on loan from Bermagui, Bega, Tura Marrang and Eden libraries.

Acting Library Coordinator, Megan Jordan-Jones says she hopes the amnesty will encourage people to have a good look around for items they may have overlooked or forgotten to return to the library.

“We want to give everyone plenty of time to return overdue library items before the new rules apply in September; no questions asked and no fines,” she says.

“People can return items during opening hours to any of our libraries or use the after-hours returns bins located at all libraries.”

The new overdue rules are designed to make sure library resources are accessible to all library members in a timely and equitable way.

“Library members can place free reservations on items that are on loan to someone else and the new rules will make sure our reservation system operates efficiently across all four libraries,” says Ms Jordan-Jones.

Under the new rules, the library will send a reminder notice one week after the item is due.

A second reminder notice will be sent when an item is three weeks overdue, with borrowing privileges suspended until the item is returned.

After twelve weeks overdue, the library will assume the item is lost and a replacement charge will be applied.

The replacement charge will be reversed when the item is returned to the library.

The Overdue Rules are available to read at all libraries and will be available on the library website.

For more information please contact Megan Jordan-Jones on 6499 2127.

Photo: Bega Valley Shire Library Trainee, Stacey Cook

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