Library fees and charges


Libraries are in the Government’s third phase of easing of the lockdown, currently not before 4 July.

We’re working through plans on how we could safely re-open buildings with social distancing in place, what services we could safely offer, and preparing to make the physical changes to the layouts and facilities in the buildings.

Until we have completed this work, we won’t be in a position to provide a programme for re-opening, but we will let people know as soon as we can. Please check the website for the most up to date information on our plans and available services.

1. What you get charged for

It’s free to join, borrow books and use our computers. We only charge for reserving items, hiring DVDs, videos and music, fines for overdue items and costs for lost or damaged items. You will also have to pay a small charge for photocopying and printing.

Hire charges are for the full loan period, and we are unable to refund part payment for items returned before the due date.

You can also buy books, gifts and more in our bookshop and libraries – see Bookends: buy great books and more.


For information about concessions and other services that may be available, please ask at your local library.


All prices include VAT (if applicable) but may be subject to variation should VAT rules and rates change. Exemptions apply in some cases.

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