I’d assumed that public libraries were something that would be the same here as in England, but that’s not the case. It’s not so much the practical details, as the underlying philosophy. Firstly there is a membership charge for those over 18 (~£50 a year). Then the standard loan period is for weeks, which can be extended by a further two weeks and if you want the book longer than that there is a weekly charge (~£1). So not an overdue fine, but a charge for keeping a book longer. In practice I’m sure it works the same, but mentally completely different. And a difference I want expecting!

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