Library Charges and Fees

Most library services are free, such as joining and borrowing books. Here you will find information on library charges, fees and concessions

Overdue Items

Ask staff to sign you up for email or text alerts so we can send you free reminders before your loans become overdue.

Renew online with only a few clicks at the Library catalogue, or pop in to any City or County library and ask staff to renew your items for you.

  • Books and Talking Books - 20pence per item per day (Up to a maximum of £8 per item)
  • CDs, DVDs, Language Courses - 20pence per item per day (Up to a maximum of £8 per item)

Exemptions apply to:

  • Under 18s
  • Home library service customers
  • Asylum seekers


  • £0.30p per item, payable at the time the item is collected
  • Free reservations to people aged under 18 years
  • Stock not available in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire libraries - £6 per item
  • Reservations for CDs and DVDs are free if you reserve and collect from a Nottingham City library that is not Nottingham Central Library 

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

Computers Use

  • Library members are able to use the computers for free with unlimited use
  • Non-Library members pay a charge of £1 per 30 minutes
  • Use of the library computers is very popular, advance booking is advised

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning


A4 Black and White

15pence per side

A3 Black and White

30pence per side

A4 Colour

50pence 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.

Discounts for printing/photocopying:

  • Free printing in homework sessions (max 10 A4 sheets)
  • Under 18s

A4 Black and White

10pence per side

A3 Black and White

15pence per side

A4 Colour

25pence per side

A3 Colour

50pence per side

Loan Charges

Books and Talking Books can be borrowed for free, but we do charge a loan for some items:

Music CDs - individual disc 

80pence per week

Music CDs - boxed set 

£1.50 per week

DVDs - individual disc 

£1 per week

DVDs - box set 

£2 per week

Children’s DVDs

£1 per week

Language Courses, including ESOL 


Music and Drama Sets - prices and membership details available at NPALS


  • Joining a library is free

Replacement Library Card

  • A replacement library card is £1, your first card is free

Exemptions apply to:

  • People aged under 18 years - no charge


Fax to the UK


Fax to other countries from


Receiving a fax


How to Pay

  • Charges can be paid at any of our libraries at the counter or using the self-service (RFID) machines
  • Call 0115 915 2828 and have your debit or credit card ready (Monday to Friday 8:30am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm)

Contact Us

Nottingham Central Library Angel Row Nottingham NG1 6HP E-mail: enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Fax: 0115 915 2840
Tel: 0115 915 2828
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