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Friday, January 09, 2009

In Support of National Library Board Latest Policies

The National Library Board (NLB) has just announced 2 new policies. They will come into effect from 1st April 2009 onwards.

First, borrowers with outstanding fines will not be able to borrow any items unless they pay up. The NLB estimates a total of $7.5 million fines remain unaccounted for. On February, the NLB will send out mailers reminding borrowers with outstanding fines to pay up. I strongly urge such irresponsible borrowers to pay up.

Second, the current 50 cents fee charged for every item renewal will be removed. However, policy of each item can only be renewed once still remains. This is implemented in view of readers' feedback that they need more time to finish reading books they borrowed.

I am supportive of the new policies. They should promote responsible borrowing behaviour.

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