Library fines are set to become a thing of the past under a plan being worked on by Government.

A strategy for public libraries was discussed at some length by Cabinet today as it aims to increase library membership.

RTÉ News understands that one of the measures set to be introduced is the scrapping of fines for the late return of books.

The typical charge for books that are overdue is five cent per day.

Some ministers were of the view that this is "putting people off" joining libraries.

The plan will set the policies for public libraries up to 2022.

It will seek to improve access to library services through more user-friendly opening hours, increased digital services and greater investment in buildings.

The plan is set to be launched soon by Minister for Rural and Community Development Michael Ring.