Released 06/12/2018

This holiday period Libraries ACT is giving anyone with overdue fees a chance to turn them into something good for those in need, Minister for City Services Chris Steel announced today.

“Return your overdue books and other library items until 2.00pm on Monday 24 December 2018 and you will be able to donate tins or packets of non-perishable food in exchange for fines being removed from your membership record,” Minister Steel said.

“The Food for Fines program is a great opportunity to get rid of your fines while also helping some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

“All the food collected at our public libraries will be donated to OzHarvest Canberra who provide food to dozens of charities in the ACT to support those in need. Only non-perishable, sealed food items will be accepted. To assist OzHarvest in moving the food, please consider providing boxes or reusable shopping bags if donating large quantities.

Food for Fines must be donated in person during library opening hours to allow librarians to remove your fines. Donations are unable to be accepted on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and donations through the library returns chute will not be accepted.

One tin or packet of non-perishable food will equal $2 or less of fines, not the cost of the tin or packet itself. For example, a member with $3.25 of fines would need to donate two tins or packets of food. Credit cannot be added to a member’s record.

Items which will not be accepted include: damaged, broken or out of date items, perishable items, items requiring refrigeration, pet food, and non-food items.

“Even if you don’t have a fine, you can still donate through Libraries ACT and OzHarvest. All food donations will be gratefully accepted whether or not members choose to pay fines with them,” Minister Steel said.

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