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Library Charges and Fees


Most of our library services are free. 

Click on the titles below for full details about charges, fees, discounts and exemptions.

Overdue and loan charges

Avoid overdue charges
 by renewing your loans before the due date: online via the Library catalogue or at any Nottingham or Nottinghamshire library, in person or by phone.

Lost track of time? Receive free reminders by email or text when your loans are nearly due, just ask staff to sign you up.

Overdue items

£0.20p per item per day

(up to a maximum of £8 per item)

Exemptions: Under 18s, Home Library Service customers and asylum seekers

Loan Charges

Books, talking books and magazines (3 weeks loan) Free

DVDS (1 week loan)

Single DVDs


DVD Boxed sets


Children's DVDs


Reservations fee: £0.30p per item 

Exemptions: None

Music CDs (1 week loan)

Single CD


CD Set


Reservations fee: £0.30p per item 

Exemptions: Looked after children.

Language courses (6 weeks loan)

Full language courses and ESOL courses



Membership cards

Replacement library membership cards are £1.00

Exemptions: Under 18s are not charged

(Joining the library and the first library membership card is free for all)


You can reserve online via the 
Library catalogue or in person or by phone at any Nottingham City or County library.

  • £0.30p per item, payable at the time the item is collected. Exemptions: free for under 18 years
  • Stock not available in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire libraries that is borrowed via another UK library are £6 per item




  • Library members are able to book and use the computers free of charge for unlimited time
  • Non-Library members pay £1 per 30 minutes
  • Scanning is free, either book a Scanner Computer or scan to your USB stick from our printers
  • Printing charges are listed in the next section

Use of the library computers is very popular, booking in advance is advised

Printing, photocopying, scanning and faxing

Printing and photocopying: cash only in machine coin box

A4 Black and White

£0.15p per side

A3 Black and White

£0.30p per side

A4 Colour

£0.50p per side

A3 Colour

£1 per side



There may be additional charges for staff-assisted document copying for Local Studies materials. Please ask staff for details, contact us.

Discounts for printing or photocopying: Free printing in homework sessions (max 10 A4 sheets)

Charges for under 18s:

A4 Black and White

£0.10p per side

A3 Black and White

£0.15p per side

A4 Colour

£0.25p per side

A3 Colour

£0.50p per side




Fax to the UK


Fax to other countries 

 From £1 plus

Receiving a fax





Local Studies Fees and Charges

Reproduction Services : specialist printing and copying

A4 Black and White

£0.50p per side

A3 Black and White

£1.00 per side

A4 Colour

£1.00  per side

A3 Colour

£2.00 per side

Scanned copying

Digital reproduction cost per item



Administration charge

(to a maximum of 10 items)



Specialist Research and Enquiry Service


Public Rate 

First half hour of research is free, plus charge for copies and administration (max of 3 free enquires per year).

Research done beyond half hour: £10 per half hour, plus charge for copies and administration.

Commercial Rate

Research: £20 per half hour, plus charge for copies and administration.


Find out more about Local Studies Services here.

Ways to pay


  • In any Nottingham City library with cash at the counter (Central Library accepts card payments or cash) or by using cash at the self-service (RFID) machines
  • Fines and loan fees can also be paid online through the City Council online payments service. You will need your library card number and the account name is the name of the person on the library card. Please allow at least 2 working days for the payment to be processed on your account
  • Printing and photocopying requires exact change in the machine coin box (coins accepted £2, £1, 50p, 20p,10p, 5p)