Owned and maintained by James Nicholson, QLD , Australia.  Last updated June 2019; contact jamesnicholsonau@gmail.com

End Library Fines!

Follow this website and hashtag as I build my Australia wide grassroots campaign.  The aims of this campaign are as follows:

 

1. Eradicate library fines

2. Advocate for the benefits of library fine reform

 

Across the world library services and institutions are reforming policy and procedure to remove fines. 

In Australia, there is also great progress with more library services removing fines regularly. 

 

However, there is still work to be done. 

Let's bring more light to the conversation and continue to advocate for the removal of library fines from all libraries. 

 

Join my journey.

 

Great news!!

(December 2019)

ALIA Australian Public Library Alliance (APLA) statement on fines for overdue items in Australian public libraries:

ALIA (APLA) support the removal of overdue fines because:

  • Library fines undermine one of the core principles of public libraries - the provision of free and universal access to information.

  • The people who can least afford to pay fines are often the ones who need the library service the most.

  • There is no evidence that overdue fines encourage meaningful compliance.

  • Library fines create a disproportionate administrative burden on staff.

The full statement can be found here: https://www.alia.org.au/alia-australian-public-library-alliance-apla-statement-fines-overdue-items-australian-public