Overdue library books?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 14, 2014


Some fees waived through Sept. 5

The more than 500 people with overdue library books have the opportunity to have their fines waived, Andalusia Public Library officials said Wednesday.

Children’s Librarian Caryl Lee Ray said that the goal is to get back books checked out in the summer for summer reading, vacations, research papers from the end of school and even those found hidden on the shelf.

The deadline to take advantage of the amnesity period is Sept. 5.

Ray said this does not apply to old fines, but does apply to books currently checked out.

“Anything they bring in now won’t have a fine,” she said. “They can bring it in or put it in the drop box.”

Ray said that sometimes patrons don’t like to come in to return books, so the drop box is convenient.

Additionally, the library will be adding 15 new computers to for its computer lab and main office, APL library director Karin Taylor said.

Taylor said the new computers, which have been funded through the Library Improvement Fund, will have the Windows 7 operating system.

“This is an ongoing process to make the library more relevant to the technical world,” she said. “This is great for people who are job hunting. Everything is done online now.”

Taylor also said there are six students who are currently participating in an online graduate degree program, who are currently using the computers

These computers are designated a desktop computers.

The library and computer lab is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday.