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Fees for library services including overdue book fines are set to change soon.

Education: Secondary / Tue 27th Jun 2017 at 10:42am

FEES for Harlow library services including overdue book fines are set to change soon.

The fees, which have stayed the same since 2009, are set to change after a recent review of comparable charges made by other local authorities.

Book loans and computer use will remain free for all library customers, but certain charges will rise by a small amount from July 3rd, with a cap applying for books and CDs.

Charges for overdue fines, photocopying, printing, DVDs and book loans from the British Library will rise, and there will be a £1 charge to replace lost or damaged library cards.

Cllr Susan Barker, the Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “Library fees have stayed the same for eight years, so these changes are necessary, especially as Government funding continues to fall and will be phased out completely by 2020.

“Any income from fees is invested back into the service so we can continue to offer a range of library services across the county.

“Customers will still be able to borrow books and reserve items in stock free of charge.”

For more details on the charges, visit http://libraries.essex.gov.uk/news/fees-and-charges-are-changing/

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