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Join the hunt for lost library books! Return overdue items for free in Devon and Torbay Libraries Book Amnesty

Posted on 08 Sep 2021

If you are hiding books under your bed, down the side of the sofa, or in the fridge – now is the time to pull them out! Devon and Torbay Libraries are holding a 4-week Book Amnesty from 8th September to 8th October.

Whether they are weeks, months, years or even decades overdue, don’t be shy to bring them back. There will be no charges or fines for returning books during the amnesty – and you can return them to any of the libraries across Devon and Torbay. Better yet, the amnesty applies to CDs and DVDs too.

To return your items, pop into your local library and speak to a member of staff who can sort your returns and update your account for a clean slate.

Libraries have been open but opportunities to visit your local library may have been limited over the last 18 months due to changing restrictions, so it’s no wonder that many of us have books and other borrowed items hiding in our homes long past their due dates. Return any overdue books, CDs or DVDs to your local library during the amnesty, with no questions asked and no fines to pay.

Tabitha Witherick, Head of Library Service and Customer Experience said, “Libraries have made a big difference to people’s lives during the pandemic and we’re doing all we can to support communities to recover. We hope that this book amnesty will give people confidence to return to their library to enjoy everything we have to offer.”

She added, “We want everyone to feel able to return to their library and we know some people are worried about outstanding fines and charges, so we are delighted to be able to offer this 4-week amnesty. We are fully open again and we want to encourage you to come along and pick up something new to read and reconnect with your community!”

All Devon and Torbay Libraries are open, and some covid safety measures remain, including hand sanitiser stations, ventilation of spaces and regular cleaning. The wearing of masks is encouraged.

To find your local library, see the list of libraries on the Devon Libraries or Torbay Libraries websites. Devon Libraries customers can search using their location on the Devon Libraries app – search “Devon Libraries” on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store to download.

It is free to join the library and access an extensive catalogue of books, as well as many other services, support, resources, activities and information.

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