Boggabri Library will no longer charge residents overdue fees but has reduced the number of items they can borrow.
"We believe removing overdue fees removes a potential barrier to borrowing for some members of our community and we hope it will also encourage new community members to visit the library to borrow a wide range of items," library manager Jenny Campbell said.
The number of items library members can borrow has been reduced from 50 items to 20 items, however, the loan periods are the same.
The change came in last week for the Central Northern Regional Library group because the membership believe books should to be in people's homes rather than on library shelves.
The group found that overdue fees didn't increase revenue and didn't line up with its vision of creating a an environment for learning, innovation and social connection.
Other recent initiatives for Central Northern Regional Libraries include the introduction of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology, which enables members to renew borrowed items, check on reservations and access their library's e-resources through the CNR Library app.