Library Charges

You may borrow 20 items at any one time, which may be up to 20 books. The maximum number of multimedia items is 8, except computer software and games and DVD box sets where the maximum is 2 items. Up to 20 Talking Books can be borrowed on a visually impaired borrower ticket.

Books, talking books and language courses are loaned for 3 weeks at a time, and can be renewed up to 4 times if no one else has reserved them. CDs, DVDs and games are loaned for 1 week.

You may borrow up to 5 e-books at a time for a period of 21 days, free of charge. You can also place up to 5 holds on other e-book titles. Holds will be held for 7 days when available, before being released for the next customer.

You may borrow up to 10 eaudiobooks at a time for a period of 21 days. These can be renewed up to three times. There are no lending or overdue charges and books are always available without the need to reserve them.

All charges apply from 1st April 2016.
*L/DCH denotes Leisure/Discount card holder concession charges. Ask your library for details of these cards.

Reservations

Reservations can be made online or in person at a library.

Visually impaired borrowers or those who have difficulty in handling books can reserve talking books, large print books and language courses free

*Please note that if any reserved item is not collected by the customer they will still be liable for the reservation charge.

  • If the item can be obtained from within the county then the charge is £1.00 (65p L/DCH)
  • If the item reserved has to be obtained from a UK library outside Cheshire, the charge is £3.60
  • If the item reserved has to be obtained from the British Library, the charge is £13.95. Renewals of these books are charged at £4.75
  • If the item reserved has to be obtained from a library outside the UK, the charge is £18.00
  • Print copies of journal articles can be reserved for £10.15. Some articles are available electronically and can be sent to an email address at a cost of £5.10. Scanned journal articles can be sent via email at a cost of £8.65. Please note: some articles may incur a further copyright charge
  • Children under 18 may reserve items free of charge
  • Visually impaired borrowers and those who have difficulty in handling books are not charged for the reservation of Talking Books, Language Courses and Large Print Books
  • Play set reservations are charged at £1.00 per item. (55p L/DCH)
  • Reading Group collection annual subscription is £80.00

Multimedia loan charges

Visually impaired borrowers and those who have difficulty in handling books are not charged for the loan of Talking Books, Language Courses and Large Print Books.

Multimedia Loan Charges
ItemCharge
Music CDs £1.00 per week (75p L/DCH)
Music CDs - reduced rate 50p
DVDs - feature films and TV series £3.20 per week (£2.50 L/DCH)
DVDs - reduced rate £1.75 per week (£1.00 L/DCH)
Computer games and software £3.50 - 3 week loan (£2.50 L/DCH)
Computer games and software - reduced rate £2.00 - 3 week loan (£1.50 L/DCH)
Talking Books and language courses - adult titles £1.80 - 3 week loan (£1.00 L/DCH)
Talking Books and language courses - children's titles 50p - 3 week loan (30p L/DCH)
Music Scores and Choral Sets (no fixed period) £1.00 per item
Orchestral sets £20.00

Charges for overdue items

If you have an email address, you can opt to receive a free advance 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.

Books

Charges for Overdue books
BooksCharge
Adult tickets: 25p per item per open day to a maximum of £8.00 per item
Children under 5: No charge
Children 5-17  5p per item per open day to a maximum of £1.00 per item
L/DCH tickets: 10p per item per open day to a maximum of £4.00 per item

Multimedia

Charges for Overdue multimedia
Multimedia itemCharge
Adults: 40p per item per open day to a maximum of £8.00 per item
Children 0-17: 25p per item per open day to a maximum of £4.00 per item
Children 0-17 with Leisure/Discount: 15p per item per open day to a maximum of £4.00 per item
L/DCH: 30p per item per open day to a maximum of £5.00 per item
  • In addition, an administration charge of 40p (which includes postage) is payable when an overdue reminder is sent for book or multimedia items. (Only one charge per notice)
  • Items on loan can be renewed if not reserved by another borrower. Items can be renewed online or by e-mail, letter, fax, or by visiting a library. You can also renew your library loans using the 24 hour telephone renewal line on 0845 148 0148
  • Please note that the renewal period for all items will be from the date of the renewal transaction, not the original due date for the item, unless that is the date the transaction takes place
  • NB. Children's books borrowed on an adult ticket are subject to the adult fine rate

Lost and damaged items

Minimum charge for any one item is £2.50.

Administrative charge deducted from refunds is £2.50.

Personal computer bookings

Computer bookings charges
ItemCharge
Personal computer bookings: 1 hour per day free of charge for members of Cheshire Libraries or 1 hour per day at £2.00 for non-members of Cheshire Libraries, subject to availability
£2.00 per hour or part of an hour thereafter (£1.00 L/DCH)
Headphones: £2.50
Printing: B/W: 20p per page (10p L/DCH)
Colour: 80p per page (40p L/DCH)

Photocopies

Black and white: 10p per A4 sheet or 20p per A3 sheet (where available)

Fax

Fax charges
ItemCharge
70p per sheet received
To UK: £1.30 for first sheet (70p L/DCH)
70p for subsequent sheets (40p L/DCH)
To the world: £2.55 for first sheet (£1.30 L/DCH)
£1.30 for subsequent sheets (70p L/DCH)

Lost tickets

For computerised libraries, including Mobile libraries: Adults £1.60 (80p Children and L/DCH)

Meeting room hire

Some libraries have meeting rooms for hire. Please ask for details.