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Libraries update:

Following government guidelines face coverings must be worn at all times when visiting any of our libraries, unless you are exempt from doing so.

Frequently asked questions about our services during our phased re-opening.

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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