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Much of the costs are for staffing, but around 10.5 per cent or £168,000 was spent on stock for the service last year.
This may sound like a lot of money, but it needs to cover the stocking of 12 branch libraries, project boxes for secondary, primary and nursery schools and all our eResources.
The libraries are introducing new procedures such as notifications, borrower blocks and invoicing to recover more than £58,000 worth of items that borrowers have not returned to their library in recent years. That's roughly 4,600 items of stock. We have recently completed a full audit across the libraries, so we know what stock we should have and where it is. -
Unfortunately once an invoice has been raised, borrowers will no longer be able to return items and will be charged full replacement costs and all overdue charges and fines incurred.