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Borrowing, charges and fines

Borrowing items

You may borrow up to 20 items from your local library. These may include:

  • up to 20 books
  • eight DVDs, audiobooks
  • two DVD box sets

Most items are loaned for three weeks. DVDs are loaned for one week. If you are a Cheshire Leisure Card holder you can borrow many of these items at a discounted rate and these are stated in the table of charges where applicable.

Renewing items

Items on loan can be easily renewed (if they are not reserved by another borrower). You can renew items in the following ways.

You can also renew by email, phone or visiting a library. You can find details for your local library below.

You can also renew your loans using the 24 hour telephone renewal line.

  • Telephone: 0300 123 7739
Library loans - costs by item type
  • No charge
Audiobooks and language courses
  • Adult titles: £1.60 per three weeks or £1.10 for CLCH
  • Children's titles: 80p per three weeks or 60p for CLCH
  • £3 per week
  • £2.40 for CLCH
DVDs at reduced rate
  • £1.50 per week
  • £1.20 for CLCH
DVDs box set - one week loan
  • £3 per week
  • £2.40 for CLCH
DVDs, box set
  • £5 for a two week loan

Library members who have difficulty reading print or handling books will not be charged for the loan or reservation of audiobooks, language courses or large print books.

Late return fines

To encourage library members to return items on time, the following late fines are charged:

late fees
Books loaned on an adult ticket
  • 20p per item per day to a maximum of £8 per item
Books loaned on a child ticket
  • U13s no charge
  • 5p per item per day to a maximum of £1 per item
  • Children's books borrowed on an adult ticket are subject to the adult fine rate
Books and CLCH tickets
  • 10p per item per day to a maximum of £4 per item
  • Adult ticket: 35p per item per day to a maximum of £8 per item
  • Child ticket: 20p per item per day to a maximum of £4 per item
  • CLCH ticket: 25p per item per day to a maximum of £5 per item

Charges for overdue items

If you have an email address, you can opt to receive a free notice email when items are due for return or renewal. However, this is a courtesy service and the prompt return or renewal of loans remains the responsibility of the library member, therefore, in the event of non-delivery of the advance email any overdue charges cannot be waived.

Reserving an item

You can reserve items online. You will need your library card number and PIN.

The costs for reserving items are as follows.

  • Reserve items for adults (18 and over) within Cheshire: £1 or 55p for CLCH
  • Reserve items for children from within Cheshire: free of charge
  • Reserve items from a UK library outside Cheshire: £3.60
  • Books from the British Library (and libraries which charge British Library rates): £16.35
  • Please note: replacement costs for lost/damaged British Library books can be substantial
  • British Library renewal: £5.45

Ordering journal articles from the British Library

  • Electronic copy sent by email: £5.80
  • Scanned print copy sent by email: £10.15
  • Standard print copy sent by post: £11.65

Charges for using a library computer, printing documents and making copies

Library computers
Personal computer use for library members
  • One hour per day: free of charge
  • £2 per hour or part of an hour thereafter
  • £1 for children and CLCH
Personal computer use for visitors
  • £2 per hour or part of an hour
Printing black and white
  • 20p per page
  • 10p for children and CLCH
Printing colour
  • 80p per page
  • 40p children and CLCH
Photocopies black and white
  • 10p per A4 sheet
  • 20p per A3 sheet
Photocopies colour
  • £1 per A4 sheet
  • £1.50 per A3 sheet (where available)
Fax to UK
  • First sheet: £1.30 or 70p for CLCH
  • Subsequent sheets: 70p or 40p for CLCH
Fax international
  • £2.55 for first sheet or £1.30 CLCH
  • £1.30 for subsequent sheets or 70p CLCH

Charges for lost library tickets or lost or damaged items

Lost library tickets

For computerised libraries, including mobile libraries, replacement is charged as follows.

  • Lost adult ticket: £1.60
  • 80p children and CLCH

Lost and damaged items

Charges for lost and damaged items are calculated in the following ways.

library charges for lost items
All items, including DVDsCharges
  • Up to two years old
  • Two to four years old
  • Four to six years old
  • Six years and over
  • Full purchase price
  • 75 per cent of purchase price
  • 50 per cent of purchase price
  • 25 per cent of purchase price

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

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