Auckland Libraries has wiped all overdue fines and won’t be issuing any in the future, regardless of how late a book is returned or where you live in Tāmaki Makaurau, RNZ reports. Louise LaHatte from Auckland Libraries says acccess to reading “should be available to everyone”, adding, “Fines are a barrier to that because there are people who just can’t afford fines.” The library says the new policy doesn’t include inter-library loan overdue fines for books requested from libraries outside of Auckland.

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