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Library 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 February 2021

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
  • 15 to 17 year olds: 10p per day
  • under 15 years old: exempt
  • language courses costing more than £100: £1 per day to a maximum of £20 (standard), £5 (concessions)
  • 17 to 18 year olds: £2
Maximum overdue charge
  • £10 per item (standard)
  • 15 to 17 year olds: £2 per item
Notification charge
  • £1 per adult notice
  • 40p per child notice
  • 20p per text notification (from 7 July 2016)
  • email notifications: free