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Hi everybody, I was wondering if the punitive charges principle applied to library fines? I only ask because I work part time in a library and one of the staff there told me that they can take a thousand pounds per week in fines - this would be very interesting if people were able to claim back most of them using the same principles as have been used for bank charges.

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Library users will have joined on the basis that if they hold books over the permitted period, then a fine is payable. What is NOT permitted is devious practices whereby in addition to the fines, they charge £2.50 per letter/reminder PLUS the fine to get their book back. As a library user, I support fines as a way of ensuring books are returned on time so the next lender can read it.

 

Without some form of fine, no books would be returned timeousley, and the system would collapse.

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Thanks for confirming that for me, I was bit worried as I could imagine thousands of people all claiming back their fines! The library would collapse!

 

And you're absolute right, nobody would ever bring their books back until they were sent a bill for the cost of the book, if they weren't charged fines.

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