What you can borrow from the library

Because of the latest government restrictions, we regret that at the moment customers can only borrow books through our Request and Read service.

For full details, see Request and Read

For full details of library services during this period, see Changes to the library service

Join the library here

You can continue to use our digital library - which has thousands of e-books, e-audio-books, e-magazines and e-newspapers available to all new and current library members here:


When our branches reopen

When our libraries reopen, you will be able to borrow:

  • 25 books for 3 weeks (adults)
  • 20 books for 3 weeks (young people and children)
  • 8 audio books for 3 weeks
  • 1 language course for 3 weeks (adults and young people)


  • people over 60 
  • people with disabilities 
  • full time students 
  • people in receipt of earning related benefits 
  • audio books are free to concessionary groups 

*Children and young people under 18 are exempt from fines on books and reservation charges

Library charges


Customer charge

Overdue charges



30p (15p)* per day

£5.00 per item max

Books on CD

£1.00 (free)*

30p (15p)* per day

£5.00 per item max

Language courses


30p (15p)* per day

£5.00 per item max


Free (but limited to two at a time)


SELMS reservations


(Not available yet)


Reservations requiring extended searches


(Not available yet)


Renewal of items borrowed from British library



British library item reservation



*charges in brackets are concessionary rates



Customer charge





Printing and photocopier charges



Customer charge


PC printing B/W


PC printing colour


Microform Print



Photocopy (A4)



Photocopy (A3)


PC hire (guest use per hour session)


Replacement charges



Customer charge

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

£2.25 (no concessions)*

Lost out of print book

£25 (£10 children’s book)*


Lost British library item


Lost adult or talking book


Lost book from the youth section

up to £8.50

Lost Language pack(s)


Lost material – Inter-library loan

Set by supplying authority

Charges for children and young people


Overdue books, toys, language courses, standard reservations, lost/stolen library cards

Lost library items

SELMS reservations

Children aged 0-11

X – no charge

X – no charge

Young people aged 12 - 17

X – no charge

(up to £8.50)