Auckland libraries are prepared to get rid of fines in order to increase patronage, RNZ reports. Auckland’s libraries are owed just over $2 million in late fees, with $1693 being the highest amount owed by one customer. Auckland Council’s head of heritage Louise LaHatte said about 35,000 people stopped using the library each year due to having fines over $10, with the majority of those being in South Auckland. She is hopeful for a spike in membership once libraries abolish those fees. Meanwhile, Auckland Council is asking the public for feedback on whether it should get rid of late fees altogether.
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