Libraries make £100k in fines

Kimberley Library.
Kimberley Library.

Libraries across the county are making £100,000 a year from fines for the late return of books.

Over the last ten years, the county council have made £1,165,522 from library fines, with £107,816 made from libraries across Nottinghamshire in the last year alone.

As there are only 60 libraries across the county, this means each library made an average of £1,800 in library fines last year.

This information was released to the Advertiser as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

Although library fines are capped at £8 per item, library users can borrow up to 24 items so could reach a maximum of £192.

However, people aged 19 and under are not charged for overdue library books and other library users are only charged 20p each day their library is open.

Peter Gaw, Group Manager for Libraries at Nottinghamshire County Council, explained that all the money from overdue books goes back into improving the libraries.

He said: “The total figure for overdue fines should be taken in context with the millions of books that are loaned from our libraries each year, and every penny generated from overdue charges is invested back into the library service to benefit all users.

“Overdue charges are issued to a library user for the privilege of borrowing an item beyond the normal loan period which deprives others of loaning that item.

“We make it as easy as possible to renew items with an online and telephone service or they can return or renew an item in person at any county or city library.”