Fees, charges and policies in libraries

What does the library service charge for?

Joining the library, borrowing books and using computers in the library is free.

We charge for:

Borrowing items like CDs, DVDs and music

Overdue items - items not renewed or returned on time

Reserving an item

Photocopying, printing and faxing

Hiring rooms and our facilities

Other charges - replacement library cards, research fees and specialist printing 

Ways to pay

Cash and cheques are accepted in all libraries

Debit and credit card payments at Jubilee and Hove Libraries

Part payment plans are available

Charges for items available on loan from the library 

We charge for

  • CD £1 per week
  • DVD £3 per week, discount DVD £2 per week, promo DVD £1 per week, box set DVD £5 per week
  • Children's DVD £1.50 per week
  • Audio book (unabridged) £1.50 for 3 weeks
  • Audio book (abridged) 80p for 3 weeks
  • Language course packs £2 for 3 weeks
  • Music score set £60 per set for 1 month

Audio-visual subscription card

With a subscription card you can borrow CDs, audio books and language courses for free and DVDs half price.

  • Annual £30
  • Quarterly £10
  • Over 60s - £15 annual and £5 quarterly (half price)
  • ​Concessions - £15 annual and £5 quarterly (half price)

Charges for overdue items

If you do not return your items on time or renew them before the due date we will ask you to pay the following

  • Books 25p per day per book, 10p per day per book on a children's/young persons card (0-19 years of age)
  • DVD 60p per day per item, discount DVD 40p per day per item, Box set DVD £1 per day per item
  • children's DVD 30p per day per DVD
  • CD 25p per day per CD
  • no overdue charge for toys

If you have overdue items or owe an outstanding charge and want to continue or start using the library again, please contact us to discuss your account and how we can help you. If you're unable to pay your charges in full, we can offer a part payment scheme which can help spread the cost. ​If you're interested in taking up this option, please talk to member of staff or e-mail us at  libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk  "Part Payment Plan Request"​. Please don't hesitate to talk to us to avoid charges building up.

Reserving an item from the library

  • Brighton & Hove library stock £1
  • Children's reservations Brighton & Hove stock 50p
  • SELMS reservations £3 (no concessions)
  • Inter-library loans £7 (no concessions)

​​Stock Requests

Customers can request additions to stock for free, if you wish to reserve your stock requests it costs £7 for adults £3 for children.

Charges for photocopying, printing and faxing

Printing (including WiFi printing)

  • black and white 20p for A4, 30p for A3
  • colour (not available in all libraries) £1 for A4, £1.50 for A3

Self Service Photocopiers (Jubilee and Hove libraries only)

  • black and white 20p for A4, 30p for A3
  • colour £1 for A4, £1.50 for A3

Fax

  • Sending faxes £1 per page
  • Receiving faxes 10p per page

Other charges

  • Library card replacement £1.50
  • Libraries Extra card replacement £2