Overdue items on City’s Christmas wish list

4 December 2015

Christmas is a time for giving and City Libraries is giving Gold Coasters the chance to return long overdue items and have their membership reinstated. 

Library members are encouraged to get into the Christmas spirit too, by making a donation when returning overdue items. 

Mayor Tom Tate said the aim of the Book Amnesty was to keep residents reading and learning.

“We want to ensure residents have access to all the benefits our libraries can offer and that the use of library resources is fair,” said Cr Tate.

“I encourage anyone who has a library item, book or a DVD at home they may have forgotten about to return it and make a donation to those less fortunate at the same time”.

The initiative coincides with an overhaul of the City Libraries’ overdue process. Late items won’t attract fines but items overdue by more than 10 weeks will be considered lost and the customer billed for the full replacement cost. 

Members will be sent several reminder notices before being billed - payment plans can be arranged.

In 2015, more than 7000 customers had overdue items and outstanding bills for overdue items worth more than $481,000 ($66 per person).

Donations will be sent to local charities and may include non-perishable food, toys and toiletries, to be distributed to those in need.

The Book Amnesty runs throughout December.  Visit cityofgoldcoast.com.au/library

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