Late library book fines upset Marykirk lady

A MARYKIRK reader is up in arms about the way Angus Council has handled the increase in fines for overdue books at Montrose Library.

Mrs Stacy Clark has written to the authority to protest strongly that not only have the fines increased, but she believes the amount due no longer triggers a reminder at £2.

She says that reminders are now not issued until the overdue fines total £11.

As a user of the library for some 15 years Mrs Clark feels that she was unfairly treated when she returned three overdue books and found that the relatively small sum she was expecting to pay had soared to £4.

Mrs Clark feels that existing library users should have been notified in advance of the increases.

She added that in those 15 years she believes that there were only a couple of occasions when she was overdue.

When Mrs Clark signed her children up again for the summer reading programme she asked how many books they had borrowed over the years, and was told that her 11-year-old son had checked out 1,025 books, and her daughter 1,495.

She has written in strong terms to Angus Council to make her protest, and says that she will now contact Laurencekirk Library to see what they can offer her.

A spokesperson for Angus Council said: “Library fines are only imposed if the books are not returned on time, and are designed to ensure there is a good circulation of stock to all readers.

“The new fines were advertised widely, including by means of notices in library branches.

“There are many ways to renew library books, including in person at the branch, by telephone or online.

“Provided the books are renewed or returned in time, the reader will not incur any fine.

“Letters to readers are not triggered by the amount owed, but by the length of time the books are overdue.”