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Trade in fees with food this Christmas


Do you enjoy borrowing books from your local council library but have gotten so absorbed in the story that you have kept the book a wee bit past the return date? Well, here's a fun and thoughtful way to write off your overdue library fees and give back generously to those in need all at the same time.

Brisbane City Councils' 33 libraries across the city are again offering to waive outstanding library fees during December through their Food Appeal Effort.

One of Brisbane's 33 libraries


All you have to do is bring along your overdue books at a library during the month of December. Processing and holds fees will be waivered in exchange for a donation of canned food.

This also applies to books that have already been returned but have incurred overdue fees. However, lost library items are not covered by the amnesty.



The appeal runs from 1-31 December 2018. Remember to make sure that your donation is not perishable. You don't have to just have overdue fees to join in the giving. Members of the community are welcome to bring along a donation to give to this important cause.

About Foodbank

This year's appeal will support Foodbank Queensland, an organisation that distributes food to charities and community organisations who assist those in need.

Photo courtesy Foodbank


Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. Last year, they provided enough food for over 67 million meals.
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Why? Christmas Food Appeal at Council Libraries
When: See individual libraries for opening hours
Where: Brisbane City Council libraries
Cost: $2.00
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