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Amnesty on Council library fees for Christmas

29 November, 2013

Amnesty on Council library fees for Christmas

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk is getting into the spirit of the festive season by waiving outstanding library book fees during December, in exchange for a donation of canned food for Foodbank Queensland.

The Lord Mayor said the library amnesty would run for the month of December, allowing library users to clear their accounts for a fresh start in 2014.

“This initiative benefits all library users by helping Council to put un-returned books back on the shelves so everyone can enjoy them,” said Cr Quirk.

“In addition, the donations of canned food will make a big difference to people who are doing it tough over the Christmas period.

“Canned food donations are welcome at libraries during this time, even if residents don’t have overdue items to return or overdue fees to clear.”

Cr Quirk said this was the fifth library amnesty where Council had partnered with Foodbank Queensland to collect canned food for charities and people in need.

“Last December’s library amnesty allowed us to provide Foodbank with 45,857 cans of food and prompted the return of more than $46,200 worth of overdue books and other resources,” he said.

“It also saved library customers a total of $288,800 in outstanding fees.”

“I encourage customers with overdue fees to take advantage of the Amnesty, by simply visiting one of Council’s 33 libraries in December with a can or two of non-perishable food, and speaking with one of our friendly library staff.”

Residents are reminded that the amnesty only covers outstanding fees, not the replacement cost of lost items.

For more information visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3403 8888.

[Ends] NOVEMBER 28, 2013

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