Overdue Library books? Go straight to jail!

According to a recent newspaper article an Iowa man was jailed for 10 days for failing to return $770 worth of items to his local library. Luckily, here at Tea Tree Gully Library we have a far more relaxed approach to late fees! Since July 1st 2011 we only issue a single $2.50 fee per overdue notice that we send you (no matter how many items are listed on that notice). Having said that, lost or damaged items still need to be paid for or replaced with brand new substitutes. Importantly, items incur fees once they are 2 weeks late and we no longer send reminder notices, so it is essential to keep your Check-Out receipt or check your account online. And even if you do collect a late fee, you must admit that $2.50 is better than a stint in gaol!

Food for Fees – An Amnesty on Overdue Books

Don’t you just hate those overdue book fees? Yes? Well, we have a solution …
Simply visit the library between 1st December and 16th January, make a donation of food to the Salvation Army, and we’ll waive your fees! All you need to do is place one non-perishable foodstuff for every $10 owed into the Salvo’s bin provided. Everybody wins! The community will benefit from getting its books back, borrowers will benefit from returning to the library and getting their fees waived, and more than 100 local families in need will benefit through the donations made to the Salvos!

For more information please telephone the Library on 8397 7333.

Please note, this only applies to overdue fees for late returns. The Amnesty does not apply to money owed for lost books. But if you wish to donate to this valuable cause regardless, then please feel free!