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Libraries update:

Like many other council services, Essex County Council has begun a phased approach to re-open libraries in line with government guidelines. Initially, sixteen sites are open from Monday 6 July 2020.

Find out more in our news story. Frequently asked questions.

Hire charges for books, CDs and DVDs

Books and e-books

Borrow for three weeks: Free

More on e-books

Request charges

Charges are as follows:

  • requests that you place yourself via the library catalogue - Free
  • requests made through library staff (excluding items obtained from the British Library) - £1.00
  • requests using the online request form (use this form if you have been unable to find a book, spoken word CD, music CD or DVD by searching the library catalogue) - £1.00
  • Items obtained from another library authority - £8.00 per item
  • items obtained from the British Library (books and articles) - £24.00 per item
  • Renewal of British Library loans - £5.15 per item per renewal

Children, young adults, Home Library service users and Access library card holders are exempt from these charges.

Audio books

  • 1 to 3 CDs or cassettes - £1.10 for 3 weeks
  • 4 or more CDs or cassettes - £2.25 for 3 weeks
  • Children’s audio books - £1.10 for 3 weeks
  • e-audio - free
  • Music CDs - £1.10 for 1 week


  • £2.20 per item, per week

Language courses

Language courses are available at the following rates:

  • single CD for 3 weeks - £1.10
  • multiple CDs for 6 weeks - £4.00
  • Online language courses - free

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