"Abolish library fines in Sheffield"

This letter sent to the Star was written by Matthew Smith, Hillsborough, S6

Friday, 31st January 2020, 1:28 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd February 2020, 6:52 am
Abolish library fines

In response to the letter Jacqueline Hughes letter “Someone has to act as caretakers of our precious libraries”, I agree with Jacqueline on the importance of libraries.

I have recently observed that a number of library services including many who have been hit by austerity cuts such as neighbouring Barnsley have abolished library fines in an attempt to boost library use.

A study in Bolton concluded where a similar scheme was implemented showed that abolishing library fines actually cut the number of books returned late or not at all and boosted use of libraries.

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This highly commendable attempt to get more people using libraries would benefit some of the people worst hit by austerity in Sheffield.

Sheffield Libraries should implement it here.