Book amnesty saves readers £11,200
After Katharine's post on stealing books in Wales, I was interested to notice that readers in Leicestershire saved almost £11,200 in fines when the city council decided to run a book amnesty between 20 and 26 October. This seems a significant amount of income the library has potentially lost in fines (although it's hard to know what proportion of that they would otherwise have received) but the value of the stock recovered exceeded £18,000 so the maths does add up.
Should more councils do this to recover stock or is it being too soft on irresponsible library users? How often should such amnesties take place?