Let's have a library service that is free of fines

Let's have a library service that is free of fines

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Edwina Breitzke started this petition to Darebin City council

Many families in Darebin have stopped using Darebin Libraries due to hefty overdue book fines that can pile up very quickly. Many mums report feeling anxious about getting books back on time due to fear of fines. 
Some families have switched to using libraries in neighbouring municipalities where there are no overdue fines. Others are just not taking their kids, or themselves, to Darebin Libraries anymore. 
Research shows library fines do not support people to return books on time, and they discourage people from using libraries, especially people on low incomes.
Libraries are an invaluable community resource. Darebin Libraries are fabulous. Let's make them even better by abolishing the fines. 
We are humans who get busy and forget things, especially mums who are working, parenting and supporting their families and communities. We don't deserve to be punished for using our amazing community assets. 
Let's make our libraries truly free.

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