Do you know how many fines I’ve racked up at the New Westminster Public Library this year? I don’t either. I’m sure I could find out, but it would be a number that would shame me to see. I love the library, but my book bag is bigger than my free time. Every time I go, I stagger home laden with cookbooks, parenting books, pop psychology and science books, kids’ books and at least one decadent fiction indulgence. Now that I’m back to work full-time with two small kids at home, I have even less time to read. Or take books back to the library. I had to cut myself off library privileges after I started getting emailed reprimands sternly ordering me to return my library books or else.
So, the latest news from the library is bittersweet for me: there are no more 28-day loan periods. They are being consolidated to 21 days to make it easier for scatterbrained lenders like myself to manage return due dates. However the library will now allow two renewals instead of just one (as long as no one’s queued behind you to borrow the book). DVDs and a few other popular items will still have a shorter loan period of only 7 days.
The library has also announced a few other changes:
- You can now have up to 30 books on hold (up from 20), but you will now be charged a $1 fine if your hold is not picked up
- Fines for kids books will now be $0.05 per day for all users. Adults pay $0.30 per day.
I have to face the music and pay my astronomical fines before I can brave the seductive stacks of the New West library again, but it’s good to know I’ll have one extra renewal to buy enough time to get over to the drop box.