What you can borrow from the library and library charges

Books

You can choose from a wide range of books including fiction, books in large print, books on cassette/CD and a wide range of subjects. 

Music and DVDs

You can also borrow from a collection of music scores, CDs and DVDs. 

You can borrow up to:

  • 25 books for three weeks (adults) or 20 books for three weeks (young people and children)
  • eight talking books for three weeks (adults and young people)
  • one language course for three weeks (adults and young people)
  • eight CDs for three weeks (adults and young people)
  • six DVDs for three days (adults) or four DVDs for three days (young people and children)
  • two computer games for one week (adults, young people and children over four)

Fees and charges 

Library charges from 1 April 2016

 Item  Customer charge Overdue charges
 Books
 Free  30p (15p)* per day
£5.00 per item max
 Talking books  £1.00 (free)*  30p (15p)* per day
£5.00 per item max
 Language courses
 £2.50  30p (15p)* per day
£5.00per item max
 Reservations    
 £0.85 (no concessions)*
SELMS reservations
 £3.00
 Reservations requiring extended searches  £6.20
 Renewal of items borrowed from British Library
 £4.70
 British Library item reservation
 £14.00

*Charges in brackets are concessionary rates

Notifications

 Item  Customer charge
 Email
 Free
 Post
 60p

CD, game and DVD charges

 Item  Customer charge  Overdue charges
 CDs
 £1.00 (£0.50)*  30p (15p)* per day £5.00 max
 Adult DVD
 £1.50 for 7 days  £2.50 for 7 days to £5.00 max
 Children’s DVD  £1.50 for 7 days  £1.50 for 7 days to £5.00 max
 DVD box set
 £2.60 for 3 weeks  £2.50 for 3 weeks to £5.00 max
 Computer games    
 £2.55 for 3 weeks  £2.55 for 3 weeks to £5.00 max

*Charges in brackets are concessionary rates

Printing and photocopier charges

 Item  Customer charge
 PC printing (black and white)
 £0.20
 PC printing (colour)
 £1.00
 Microform print
 £1.00
 Photocopy (A4)    
 £0.15
 Photocopy (A3) 
 £0.25
 PC hire (guest use per session)
 £1.60

Replacement charges

 Item  Customer charge
 Lost, stolen or damaged library card
 £2.25 (no concessions)*
 Lost out of print book    
 £25 (£10 children's book)*
 Lost British Library item
 £141.60
 Lost adult book or talking book
 £10.30 
 Lost book from the youth section   Up to £8.50 
 Lost language packs    
 £21.00
 Lost material - inter-library loan
 Set by supplying authority
 Lost DVD
 £8.40
 Lost CD
 £8.40

 Replacement charge for lost, stolen or damaged library card (0-17 years are exempt)

 £2.25 (no concessions)*

Charges for children and young people

 Charges  Overdue books, toys, language courses  Standard reservations  Lost /stolen library cards  Lost library items  SELMS reservations  DVD, CD hire and overdue charges
 Children aged 0-11 X X X X
 Young people aged 12-17 X X X ✓ (up to £8.50)

Concessions

Concessions apply to the following groups (charges shown above in brackets)

  • people over 60
  • people with disabilities
  • full time students
  • people in receipt of earning related benefits
*Children under 12 are exempt from fines on books and reservation charges.

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