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You may borrow 20 items at any one time. This could include:

  • up to 20 books
  • eight multimedia items
  • except CD-ROMs, computer software and games and DVD box sets where the maximum is two items

CDs, DVDs and console games are loaned for one week. Everything else is loaned for three weeks.

Items on loan can be renewed if not reserved by another borrower. Items can be renewed online or by telephone, email, letter, fax, or visiting a library. You can also renew your library loans using the 24 hour telephone renewal line on 0845 148 0148.

Multimedia loan charges

All charges apply from 1 April 2015.

Talking books and language courses Adult titles £1.60 per three weeks (£1.10 CLCH*)
Children's titles 80p per three weeks (60p CLCH*)
People who have difficulty reading print or handling books are not charged for the loan or reservation of talking books, language courses or large print.
CDs £1 per week (75p CLCH*)
CDs, reduced rate 50p per week
DVDs, feature films £3 per week (£2.40 CLCH*)
DVDs, reduced rate £1.50 per week (£1.20 CLCH*)
DVDs, box set one week loan £3 per week (£2.40 CLCH*)
DVDs, box set two week loan £5.00
Computer games and software £3.50 per three weeks (£2.50 CLCH*)
Computer games and software, reduced rate £2 per three weeks

Charges for overdue items




Adult tickets

20p per item per day to a maximum of £8 per item

Children's tickets

5p per item per day to a maximum of £1 per item

CLCH* tickets

10p per item per day to a maximum of £4 per item

Children's books borrowed on an adult ticket are subject to the adult fine rate.

Multimedia items



35p per item per day to a maximum of £8 er item


20p per item per day to a maximum of £4 per item


25p per item per day to a maximum of £5 per item


  • Items from within Cheshire - £1 (55p CLCH*)
  • Items for children from within Cheshire - free of charge
  • Items from a UK library outside Cheshire - £3.60
  • Books from the British Library (and libraries which charge British Library rates) - £13.95
  • British Library renewal - £4.75

Journal articles from the British Library:

  • Electronic copy sent by email: £5.10
  • Scanned print copy sent by email: £8.65
  • Standard print copy sent by post: £10.15
  • Items from a library outside the UK - £18

People who have difficulty reading print or handling books can reserve talking books and language courses free.

Personal computer bookings

Personal computer use for library members One hour per day free of charge subject to availability
£2 per hour or part of an hour thereafter
(£1 children and CLCH*)
Personal computer use for visitors £2 per hour or part of an hour
CD-RW disks £2 each
Headphones £2.50 a pair
Printing Black and white: 20p per page (10p children and CLCH*)
Colour: 80p per page (40p children and CLCH*)


  • Black and white: 10p per A4 sheet, 20p per A3 sheet
  • Colour (where available): £1 per A4 sheet and £1.50 per A3 sheet


70p per sheet received
To UK £1.30 for first sheet (70p CLCH*)
70p for subsequent sheets (40p CLCH*)
To the world £2.55 for first sheet (£1.30 CLCH*)
£1.30 for subsequent sheets (70p CLCH*)

Lost tickets

For computerised libraries, including mobile libraries: adults £1.60 (80p children and CLCH*).

CLCH* denotes Cheshire Leisure Card holder concession charges.

Lost and damaged items

Charges for items that are lost are calculated using the scale of charges set out below. 

 All items including Multi Media  Charges
Up to two years in stock  Full purchase price
Two to four years in stock 75% of purchase price
Four to six years in stock 50% of purchase price
Six years and over in stock 25% of purchase price

The minimum charge for any lost or damaged item is £2.50. An admin charge of £2.50 will be deducted from any refund, if a lost item is found.

Meeting room hire charges for Cheshire West and Chester libraries

Many of our libraries have meeting rooms which can be hired by community groups and businesses.

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