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Local libraries have a good news story to share as they close the book on overdue fines.

From July 1, 2018 Western Riverina Libraries will waive fines for overdue Library items at the five Branch Libraries and two Mobile Libraries operating across the region.

Branch Libraries are located in Griffith, Hay, Hillston, Narrandera and Jerilderie, with two Mobile Libraries servicing the towns and villages of Yenda, Darlington Point and Coleambally, Carrathool and Merriwagga, Rankins Springs and Goolgowi, Binya, Barellan and Grong Grong.

Karen Tagliapietra, Regional Library Manager of Western Riverina Libraries, said the move is designed to encourage Library use and enhance the collection sharing experience.

“The Library’s mission is to promote literacy and access to resources. We want to ensure that people feel comfortable visiting the Library and using our collections,” Ms Tagliapietra said.

“The new system is intended to be more flexible and practical for the busy and geographically dispersed communities that we serve.

“Rather than charging fines, we will automatically renew items to give people more time. Then, when items become overdue we’ll send a reminder and allow a further grace period before suspending member privileges. Upon return of the items, all privileges will be automatically reinstated.”

The policy of charging the replacement cost for lost or damaged items remains unchanged.

Ms Tagliapietra said if you have something that’s overdue, it’s never too late to bring it back.

“All past overdue fines will be waived so there’ll be no penalty and no questions asked,” Ms Tagliapietra said.

“More importantly, by returning overdue items you increase opportunities for others in the community to share and benefit from the Library’s resources.”

Western Riverina Libraries have free:

  • Novels and nonfiction books for adults
  • Large print books and audiobooks on CD
  • Novels and study guides for young adults
  • Picture and story books for children
  • DVDs
  • Books and DVDs in Italian and Hindi (resources in other languages available upon request)
  • Digital collections including eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines

Library Membership is free to residents and you can join online – – or in person at your local Library.

“We’re passionate about inclusion and lifelong learning and want to make sharing our collections as easy and enjoyable as possible. Whether you need information, DVDs to keep the kids entertained, or just like recreational reading, we’ll do all that we can to find something for you.”

For more information visit Griffith City Library at 233-237 Banna Avenue, Griffith, online            or call 02 6962 8300.