Lied Library taking steps to protect inventory

The Scottsbluff Library Foundation is purchasing a "debt collection" module that will hopefully reduce the number of materials lost or not returned to the local library. The equipment, purchased at a cost of slight over $5,000, will allow the local library to electronically report delinquent library patron accounts to Unique Management, a library specific collection agency.

Library Director Abby Yellman says other libraries have been pleased with their association with Unique Management, which has reduced lost or unreturned materials by as much as 60%.

Yellman says losses from library patrons not returning materials has increased over the last four years, and was estimated at $13,500 last year. Yellman says with the Library Foundation planning to invest $30,000 to update the library collection, they needed a way to insure those materials and those currently at the facility are protected from loss.

The city council Monday evening will consider approving a maintenance contract for the module that will be added to the library's circulation system.

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