Library charges and loan information

Charges with effect from Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

All books Free 3 week loan
Language courses Free 3 week loan
Talking books Free 3 week loan
DVDs Free 3 week loan
Music scores, play sets and reading group sets Up to 10 items - £10
11 – 15 items - £15
16 – 40 items - £20
Up to a 12 week loan
Reservations (including online) Free -  For items in stock
£3.00 - For items not in our stock - non refundable.
An additional charge of £1 will be applied if notification is by post

Reader printer copies 40p per A4 sheet
65p per A3 sheet
(or minimum £2 for items sent electronically or by post)
Photocopies 10p per sheet (or minimum £2 for items sent electronically or by post)
Black and white computer print-outs 10p per sheet (or minimum £2 for items sent electronically or by post)
Colour computer print-outs 40p per sheet (or minimum £2 for items sent electronically or by post)
Plastic wallets/envelopes 10p
Laminating A3 £2
A4 £1.25
Fax-sending £1 per page for local/national calls
£2 per page for international calls
Fax-receiving £1 (local/national/international) regardless of number of pages in the document
Reminder letters £1 if notification is by post.
Final reminders automatically incur £1 as they are always issued by post
Community history searches First half hour £10
Per hour thereafter £15
Replacement ticket Adult £2
Child £1

Overdue items

There is normally a charge for any item returned after the date specified. Books, talking books, language courses and DVDs become overdue after 3 weeks. It is important to return items on time but you may renew your loans to avoid fines and additional charges for postage if we have to send you a reminder. Books, talking books, language courses and DVDs 20p per day, up to a maximum of £11 per item (plus £1 if notification is by post). Aged 65 plus 10p per day, up to a maximum of £5.50 (plus £1 if notification is by post).

Exemptions

Some borrowers do not have to pay reservation fees or charges but proof of entitlement must be shown. You will still be required to pay postal charges for overdue reminders and reservations. See whether you qualify below:

  Overdue fines
Books, spoken word, language courses, DVDs
Lost
ticket
Reservation fee, for items not in our stock
Borrowers under 16 years Exempt Exempt
Borrowers long term sick and disabled Exempt Exempt Exempt
Borrowers in receipt of the housebound reader service Exempt Exempt Exempt
Borrowers with learning disabilities, dyslexia, registered blind and partially sighted Exempt Exempt Exempt
Heirs and executors of deceased borrowers Exempt

Example of documents required to change borrower’s status:

  • For borrowers long term sick –  official notification of their benefit award to prove their entitlement to incapacity benefit at the higher rate.
  • Borrowers who are disabled, registered blind or registered partially sighted, have dyslexia or learning disabilities – registration document, disabled persons railcard, official letter from a hospital/doctor, social services department payment order book or official notification of award of any of the following benefits:
    • Severe disablement allowance
    • Income support disability premium
    • Disability working allowance               
    • Disabled living allowance
    • Industrial injuries disablement benefit

Note: Borrowers exempt from overdue fines are required to pay notification charges incurred in sending overdue reminders.

Printing charges

You will only be exempt from paying for PC print outs if you are booked onto a library run learning course.

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