Earlier this week (Tuesday 12 March), members of the Highways and Community Infrastructure committee agreed to remove the charge for computer use in libraries.
The £1 charge for computer access, introduced in May 2018, was part of a package of measures based on public feedback and trialled to ensure fair access to limited resources as well as to generate more income. The decision to scrap the charge for computer use comes in response to a detailed report on the charge and its impact, as well as feedback collected in a customer survey and a detailed analysis of the anticipated income.
Computers will be free to use from 1 April. New computers will also be rolled-out in libraries before the end of the year to improve the service for all.
Members also agreed to launch a debt recovery campaign to encourage people to pay their overdue fines and replacement costs for missing items.