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Moray libraries appeal for return of books borrowed pre-pandemic ahead of fines reintroduction

By Lorna Thompson

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MORAY Council’s library service is urging users to return outstanding book loans for free until August 21.

From Monday, August 23, fines will be re-introduced for overdue books, audio books, CDs and DVDs. The fines were suspended during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Library users currently have 41,171 items on loan, with 11,871 of these dating back to before the pandemic.

All of Moray’s libraries are fully open again with one-way systems, sanitising stations and face coverings keeping visitors and staff safe.

Moray library borrowers can return outstanding loaned items for free until August 21.
Moray library borrowers can return outstanding loaned items for free until August 21.

Interim principal librarian Philip Davidson said: "While many of our users have made the most of our online offering and app throughout the pandemic, we’re excited to welcome everyone back to our libraries.

"We’ve seen a gradual reopening of our services and now we’re keen to make sure everyone who enjoys coming to visit us in the way they used to, can do so with confidence.

"We’re also aware that some people have items on loan from before the first pandemic lockdown and we’d really appreciate these coming back now so other readers can enjoy them."

There will also be a sale of withdrawn library stock at Elgin Library from 10am on August 23 until 12pm on August 25.

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