Amnesty on library fines at Richmond-Tweed Regional Library
IF YOU'VE got a few overdue library books stashed away in your attic and have been receiving scary notices from Richmond Tweed Regional Library, relief is at hand.
The library network, which has 11 permanent branches from Tweed Heads to Lismore plus mobile library stops across the region, is offering a one week amnesty on all overdue library books next week.
It's all part of the celebration of Library and Information Week, which runs from May 23 to May 29.
The network currently has 6497 books overdue, and an additional 3568 books which have not been returned for longer than 60 days and are designateed "lost".
Books classified as lost incur a replacement fee, although this is refunded when the book is returned within six months - but not afterwards.
Any books that are returned during next week's amnesty will not incur any fines, which usually accrue at a rate of 10c per day overdue until they hit a maximum of $3.50 after 35 days.
Books must be returned to staff in the library, not through the book drop, for fines to be waived.
The library's community engagement coordinator Suzy Arthur-Smith said it was an "act of kindness" during a week that was all about celebrating the joy of reading.
"It's easy to forget to return library books and we understand that, so for one week each year we offer people the chance to return overdue items with no penalty," Ms Arthur-Smith said.
"Books and other resources are the lifeblood of our branches, and there is nothing worse that someone not returning our precious resources because they are trying to avoid a fine.
"If you have a library book sitting at home, we ask you to please return it during our annual amnesty."
Library and Information Week is organised by the Australian Library and Information Association and the 2016 theme is Discover More.
Richmond Tweed Regional Library branches are located in Lismore, Goonellabah, Ballina, Alstonville, Lennox Head, Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Kingscliff, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads. There are also Mobile Library stops in many towns and villages.
For more information, visit www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au.