Library books ban on 81 families

EIGHTY-ONE families in the region have been banned from borrowing books from any Gladstone Regional Council library.

The lifetime ban comes as the council wrote off $5192 in outstanding debt for borrowed items not returned.

One person has been put on the list for owing $5 while the highest amount owed by a single person was $321.65.

Gladstone Regional Library manager Peter O’Dwyer said he didn’t think there had been a dramatic increase in the number of people with outstanding debt from fines issued or who had not returned borrowed items.

“I also know, because from time to time we compare our library situation with other libraries around Queensland, we are certainly not worse than the average,” he said.

Mr O’Dwyer said since the amalgamation of councils, and their departments and infrastructure, the library services in the region had put in place a more effective system for chasing overdue books and fees.

He said that system meant people were not just banned for life from one library in the region, but all six.

About half of the list of outstanding returns was from people borrowing items prior to the amalgamation, and in some cases, the items in dispute were borrowed in 2007.



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