The purpose of this paper is to discuss the debates around the topic of library fines and consider the arguments highlighted for and against.
The paper provides a reflective overview based on a discussion of the points raised both supporting and rejecting the use of library fines.
It is argued that fines are a necessary aspect of efficient library operations and to ensure collective responsibility for the collections among members. However the paper queries the reliance of some libraries on the income generated by fines, and questions whether this reliance is in opposition to the role of the library in encouraging efficient use of the stock.
The paper considers the positives and negatives of a fines culture, and may be useful background for those pondering the topic.
The paper discusses a topic that is of current professional debate as to its efficacy and should of value for those interested in the arguments for and against fines in libraries, and their impact on library usage.
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