I came across this interesting twist on library fines. The public library system in East Lancashire is planning to declare an amnesty on all library books that people have neglected to return. Somehow, I can’t get the image of the library cop from Seinfeld out of my head. At Dalhousie, our library system has a “food for fines” programme, whereby anyone owing book fines at the Dalhousie Libraries–or any library in the Novanet consortium– may donate food items for the food bank in lieu of paying their fines. For every non-perishable food item donated, fines areduced by $2, to a maximum of $20. Cash paid for fines during this period will also be donated to the food bank.