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New library card supports those with memory loss

19 January 2016

Residents who have dementia or other conditions which cause memory loss will no longer have to count the cost of forgotten library books thanks to a new Memory Support Library Card.

Holders of the card will receive the usual reminders that their item is overdue if it is not returned on time, however, they will not incur any late fees. This applies to all items including books, DVDs or CDs taken out through that library user’s account.

The card will be on offer to those who have memory loss as a result of dementia, mental health issues or learning difficulties.

Those wishing to sign up can do so at their local library where the process will be quick and easy. No evidence will be required and any one with memory problems as a result of dementia, mental health issues or learning difficulties will be eligible.

The card will be launched on 20 January which coincides with the launch of the Pan Essex Dementia Action Alliance, which aims to raise awareness of dementia whilst developing dementia friendly communities and transform the lives of people living with the condition.

Cllr David Finch, leader of Essex County Council said “The introduction of the Memory Support Library Card is a logical step towards easing the stresses of those who have dementia or other conditions which cause memory loss. It is important we continue to support these members of our community and assist them wherever possible.”

To find out more about the card, visit your local library or go online at http://www.essex.gov.uk/Libraries-Archives/Libraries/Pages/Join-the-library.aspx