Food For Fines in July

YPRL is now Fine Free!

That's right - from today, items borrowed from Yarra Plenty Regional Library will no longer attract overdue fines if returned late.

BUT... if you have fines on your card already, we want to give you the opportunity to wipe the slate clean, start fresh and get back to borrowing!

How? Simply make a donation of food to help out our community and we will waive your fines (no matter how much overdue fines you have accumulated).

Is something stopping you from borrowing from the library? Do you have overdue fines? Maybe you still have an item at home that you need to return, but it has been a really long time? It’s time to wipe the slate clean. Bring your food donation to your local library branch and we will remove your overdue fines! See below for what items are needed by the community. 


Most needed items:

  • Canned fruit, vegetables, fish, soups and meals
  • Dried fruit and nuts
  • Sauces and seasonings
  • UHT milk and juices
  • Coffee, tea and spreads
  • Rice, pasta and noodles
  • Cereals
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Soap and deodorant
  • Dental floss, toothpaste and toothbrushes
  • Tissues and toilet paper
  • Feminine hygiene products

 We cannot accept items that are:

  • Out of date/expired
  • Opened or damaged items
  • Missing a full ingredients list and allergen information on the pack
  • Not on the list above


Let’s help our local community with food and items that are desperately needed. Donate food items from 1 July to 31 July 2019 and we will give your library card a fresh start.

  • Return that item that’s still sitting in your home and no fines will apply – even if it has been years!
  • Donate food items using our guidelines and fines will be removed from your library card.

Lost a book but want to start borrowing again? We want you back, speak to one of our friendly library staff.

What happens to the donations?

We are partnering with Foodbank Victoria who will distribute the donated food and personal items to people in need.

Foodbank Victoria is an independent not-for-profit organisation with almost 90 years’ of food relief experience. Each month, Foodbank Victoria sources and distributes food to over 100,000 Victorians who rely on its food assistance – more than a quarter of whom are children.

42% of Foodbank Victoria's resources are distributed within northern Melbourne.

Have more questions?

Visit your local branch (or Mobile Library) and speak to a library staff member or ask us online here.