Libraries set for overdue book amnesty month

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Borderers with forgotten library books have a perfect chance to escape fines next month.

The library service at Scottish Borders Council is holding an amnesty throughout November to try and retrieve as many items as possible, tidy records and welcome back lapsed members.

Any overdue items returned will not incur fines or administration charges. They can be returned to any library or mobile library across the Borders – not neccessarily the library that they were originally borrowed from. They can also be returned to the mobile library Amnesty Bus which will be available throughout November on the dates and times set out below.

Councillor Vicky Davidson, SBC’s executive member for culture, sport, youth and communities, said: “This is an opportunity for anyone who has any overdue books, DVDs or CDs, to return them without penalty, either to the library of their choice or the Amnesty Bus. No matter how old or overdue the items are, anyone with an overdue item is encouraged to bring them back and rediscover the wide range of services that we have available in our local libraries.

“As well as borrowing books, DVDs or music CDs, members can get free internet access, download eAudiobooks and access a wide selection of e-information resources, including encyclopaedias, biographies, dictionaries and reference databases. All our libraries have a range of equipment and technology with courses available to teach basic computer skills.

“Libraries offer such an interesting and varied range of services that I would encourage anyone who hasn’t visited for a while to go along to their local library and see what is there to enjoy.

“And, of course, if they have any items that they would like to return to us, they are very welcome to do so at any time, but especially during November when there will be no penalty.”

The Amnesty Bus will be available throughout November as follows.

Wednesday, November 4

Jedburgh Town Hall carpark, 10am-1pm

Kelso Square, Town Hall, 2-4.30pm

Thursday, November 5

Galashiels, Tesco carpark, 2-4pm

Hawick, Morrisons carpark, 5-7pm

Friday, November 6

Innerleithen, Leithen Road carpark, 10am-1pm

Peebles, Edinburgh Road carpark, 2-4pm

Wednesday, November 11

Eyemouth High Street carpark, 10am-12.30pm

Duns Square, 2-4pm

Thursday, November 12

Melrose, Abbey carpark, 10am-1pm

Earlston Square carpark, 2pm-4.30pm

Friday, November 13

Galashiels, Tesco carpark, 10am-12.30pm

Hawick, Morrisons carpark, 2-4.30pm

Wednesday, November 18

Peebles, Kingsmeadows carpark, 10am-12.30pm

Selkirk Victoria Hall, 2-5pm

Thursday, November 19

Duns Square, 10am-12.30pm

Eyemouth High Street carpark, 2-4.30pm

Friday, November 20

Coldstream, Rodger Hall , 10am-1pm

Kelso Square, Town Hall, 2-4.30pm

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