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Northern Ireland public hit with £400,000 library fines

Belfast Central Library
Belfast Central Library

Libraries in Northern Ireland have fined the public nearly £400,000 in the past three years.

The figures, published by the BBC, also reveal £40,000 of that amount has yet to be paid.

Total overdue fines amounted to £396,050 since 2015.

Libraries NI runs 96 libraries and said it has introduced measures to encourage books to be returned instead of imposing fines on customers.

A spokesperson for Libraries NI said: "There are a number of issues which impact on the level of fines incurred both overall and in a specific library.

"Libraries NI has taken a number of steps in recent years to encourage customers to return items rather than incur a fine. This includes an alerting service by email shortly before a book is due to be returned.

"The number of customers availing of this service has increased."

1. Belfast Central Library: £19,416

2. Omagh Library: £15,244

3. Derry Central Library: £14,279

4. Lisburn City Library: £12,833

5. Newry Library: £11,536

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