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Get your fines wiped clean at Rugby Library

Rugby Library and Information Centre, Little Elbow Street, Rugby is bringing in a 'fines amnesty' to try to attract more visitors.

Rugby Library and Information Centre, Little Elbow Street, Rugby is bringing in a 'fines amnesty' to try to attract more visitors.

Anyone harbouring the guilty secret of an overdue book, CD or DVD borrowed from Rugby library can have their conscience cleansed next week.

For one week only, Warwickshire County Council is imposing an amnesty in an attempt to increase visitor numbers.

Those with overdue items are welcome to return to any library and have their fines cleared from this Saturday until Saturday February 15.

The £1 fee to replace lost library cards will also be waived during the week.

Councillor Colin Hayfield, who is responsible for libraries, said: “Libraries have changed so much in recent years and we want to welcome back people who haven’t visited us for a while.

“The service offers so much more than books – you can download e-magazines to your mobile device, use our computers to access Ancestry.com to make your family tree, or enjoy a host of events for free.”

The amnesty does not include original hire charges for CDs and DVDs but does include overdue fines.

As part of the appeal, library staff and volunteers will be visiting various parts of town to attract new members, as well as finding out what existing members think about the service.

And Wolston library is receiving a visit from performance artist and dancer Sohan Kailey on Saturday.

A study in 2011 found Rugby to have one of the most popular libraries in the West Midlands.

But visitors to libraries across the country have fallen in recent years, with a 2.4 per cent reduction between 2012 and 2013. The number of people visiting library websites also fell, by 14.4 per cent.

Warwickshire County Council has closed various libraries in the past few years, with some - including one in Dunchurch - being taken over by groups of villagers.

Rugby library is in Little Elborrow Street.

 

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