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Library loans, fees and charges

It's free to join libraries and borrow books, but read about our charges for some services such as overdue items and photocopying.

Published on: 24 December 2020

Last updated: 4 May 2022

What you can borrow

Library members can borrow this number of items:

  • 20 books
  • 8 CDs
  • 8 DVDs
  • 8 audiobooks

To pay for overdue items, log into your account to view your library fines and charges online.

Fines and charges can be paid online with a debit or credit card, click the 'Pay Selected' button in the Charges tab in My Account. A receipt will be emailed to you. Fines and charges can also be paid in the library. 

Service Charge
Overdue charges
  • standard: 25p per day
  • 16 to 17 year olds: 10p per day
  • under 15 years old: exempt
Maximum overdue charge
  • £10 per item (standard)
  • 16 to 17 year olds: £2 per item
  • income recovery charge (long overdue fines and payments): £7.75
Notification charge
  • £1 per adult notice
  • 40p per child notice
  • 20p per text notification
  • email notifications: free