Library e-mails to avoid fines

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LIBRARY users are being e-mailed by Hampshire County Council to help them avoid fines.

The messages are sent out two days before a book, CD, DVD, talking book or game is due to be returned, so people can either bring them back, or renew them.

The council believes a gentle reminder will help borrowers, who would otherwise be fined.

Hampshire County Council's culture and recreation boss, Cllr Margaret Snaith-Tempia, said: 'I really hope this new system will help our customers out and remind them to bring their items back in time.

'We are also hoping that this new initiative will stop us from losing stock - we find that if people do not want to pay their fine they simply don't bring the book back and stop using the library altogether.'