Library users fail to pay up £15k in fines

Hereford Library

Hereford Library

First published in News

By Jess Phillips.

LIBRARY users in Herefordshire accumulated fines of £35,172.44 in late return and damaged item charges between December 2011 and December last year.

The figures, obtained by the Hereford Times through a Freedom of Information request, show that £15,163.76 – 43 per cent of the total – was left unpaid.

Users of the county’s biggest libraries were the worst culprits and at Hereford library only 48 per cent of the total £13,845 was paid back, with £7,156.21 left unpaid.

Leominster users were only slightly better, paying back 53 per cent of the owed £6,348.59 to leave £2,971.73 unpaid.

Smaller village library users were much better at paying back their fines.

Weobley paid back 95 per cent of the total £297.51 leaving just £14.80 left unpaid.

Leintwardine users returned 94 per cent of the total £251.94 to leave £16.35 unpaid.

The figures cover the overdue charges for books and items such as DVDs and games, as well as replacement charges for items that have been lost or damaged.

However, fines do not appear on the reporting system until an item is returned and the charge is generated.

Until it is returned, a charge is only a possible one and the library reporting system does not report on these potential charges.

Elsewhere, Ross library users paid back 58 per cent of the total £6,204.91 with £2,636.39 unpaid, and 60 per cent of Bromyard’s total £1,969.10 was paid back, with £799.37 unpaid.

The total amount of fines generated by users in Belmont, Hereford, was £376.49, with 74 per cent paid to leave £98.09.

Users of Kington and Ledbury libraries also paid back 74 per cent, with £435.92 left unpaid at Kington and £804.87 at Ledbury.

Colwall and Peterchurch users paid back 76 per cent of their fines, leaving £198.73 unpaid at Colwall and £61.10 at Peterchurch.

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7:47am Mon 25 Feb 13

probono says...

Isn't this what the small claims courts are for ? Shame on you Herefordshire Council - this is a whole Herefordshire Councillor's Allowance here. Now which one shall we take is away from to cover the loss ?
Isn't this what the small claims courts are for ? Shame on you Herefordshire Council - this is a whole Herefordshire Councillor's Allowance here. Now which one shall we take is away from to cover the loss ? probono
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9:33am Mon 25 Feb 13

Roger J says...

A bit less for them to waste on some other inane scheme I suppose.
A bit less for them to waste on some other inane scheme I suppose. Roger J
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4:13pm Mon 25 Feb 13

mizza21 says...

I love the library building on Broad Street. It faces off the cathedral with it's Gothic carvings challenging it's power in every grain of it's stone and threatening to release flocks of spectres upon Cathedral green forcing the halfwit students to scuttle into the Cathedral for sanctuary from the ghouls rising from the very pit of the library building deep in the earth ....
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I'll get me coat..
I love the library building on Broad Street. It faces off the cathedral with it's Gothic carvings challenging it's power in every grain of it's stone and threatening to release flocks of spectres upon Cathedral green forcing the halfwit students to scuttle into the Cathedral for sanctuary from the ghouls rising from the very pit of the library building deep in the earth .... .. I'll get me coat.. mizza21
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4:44pm Mon 25 Feb 13

dippyhippy says...

Are you still allowed to fire a bow and arrow at a marauding welshman from the cathedral green? Or is this just a Hereford myth? If you can, is"Jarvis" a welsh name??
Are you still allowed to fire a bow and arrow at a marauding welshman from the cathedral green? Or is this just a Hereford myth? If you can, is"Jarvis" a welsh name?? dippyhippy
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7:11pm Mon 25 Feb 13

RogerLFC says...

My daughter went to return a book to the Broad Street Library today at 16.55 hrs and found it shut. Staying open until 5pm on a weekday is basic stuff you would have thought ... I don't know what the opening hours are though ... I haven't looked ...
My daughter went to return a book to the Broad Street Library today at 16.55 hrs and found it shut. Staying open until 5pm on a weekday is basic stuff you would have thought ... I don't know what the opening hours are though ... I haven't looked ... RogerLFC
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7:43pm Mon 25 Feb 13

wyesider says...

Sadly, the library has been closed on a Monday for a very long time now. I believe the hours had to be cut to save money as part of the budget savings in a previous round of economies. Such a pity, as Monday was a good day for me to conduct some local studies research.
Perhaps, the new library (if it is built on the OLM site) will have longer opening hours?
Sadly, the library has been closed on a Monday for a very long time now. I believe the hours had to be cut to save money as part of the budget savings in a previous round of economies. Such a pity, as Monday was a good day for me to conduct some local studies research. Perhaps, the new library (if it is built on the OLM site) will have longer opening hours? wyesider
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