Library members can reduce overdue fine ledger by donating for Christmas

GOODWILL: The Newcastle Region Library will knock the cost off late-fees if you donate for Christmas collections.

GOODWILL: The Newcastle Region Library will knock the cost off late-fees if you donate for Christmas collections.

Newcastle Region Library members have been offered a way to reduce and remove their pending library fines – doing good deeds.

The library members have been invited by the library to donate non-perishable food items, as well as toiletries, to support those in need across Newcastle this Christmas period.

Members that volunteer their donations will, as a reward for their efforts, have $5 removed from their unpaid late fees for each food item they bring in, and $10 removed for every toiletry item.

Newcastle City Council Libraries Manager Suzie Gately said that the initiative is “used by public libraries in Australia … to support local charities and settle outstanding fees” at the same time, with the removal of overdue fine ledgers just a way to ‘sweeten the pot’ for acts of kindness.

"It's a fantastic way to remind members to return items at the end of the year,” Ms Gately said. “Newcastle Region Library has used this initiative in previous years and we look forward to giving back to the Newcastle community.”

"There's no limit to the amount in overdue charges you can pay off with food, but food and toiletries donations will only be used to clear overdue charges. Payment for lost and damaged items or other charges must be paid for."

All items collected will be donated to local emergency services, including OzHarvest, Street Care, Baptist Care and the Samaritans.