Library users fined thousands in Dunstable and Houghton Regis

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More than £15,000 of fines were paid by users of Dunstable and Houghton Regis Libraries during the 2015-16 financial year.

A report going to Central Beds Council’s overview and scrunity committee on August 18 reveals that the council received £26,953 income from Dunstable Library in the 12 months – of that figure £11,500 was from fines and £2,900 from audio visual hire.

In Houghton Regis, the income was £11,524 –which included £4,100 fines and £900 audio visual hire.

Central Beds charges adults 26p per day for each late item up to a maximum of £7.80 (5 weeks).

For children the daily charge is 7p, up to a maximum of £2.10. Concessions are charged 13p per day up to £3.90.

A lost adult library ticket costs £1.50 to replace.