Fees for library services

It’s free to join our libraries and borrow items. Check how much we charge for overdue books, photocopying and other library services.

Fees to borrow items

Item Fee
CD £1 per week
DVD From £2.50 to £3.50 per week
DVD boxset £5.10 per week
Audiobooks From 80p to £1.60 for 3 weeks
Language course pack £2.10 for 3 weeks

Fees for overdue items

If you don’t return an item on time, you’ll have to pay a fee for each day it’s overdue.

Children and young people aged 12 to 15 do not have to pay overdue fees for books and spoken word.

Items Fee
Adult books and spoken word 30p per day per book,up to a maximum charge of £9.60 per loan
DVD 60p per day per DVD
DVD Box sets £1 per day per DVD 
CD 30p per day per CD 
Toys No fee
Children and young people books and spoken word on loan to children aged under 16 No fee
Books and spoken word on loan to young adults aged 16 to 19 10p per day per book, up to a maximum charge of £2.50 per loan
DVDs on loan to children and young people 30p per day per DVD

Fees for reserving an item

We're part of a group of libraries called the South Eastern Library Management System, or SELMS. 

An inter-library loan is borrowing an item from a British library outside the SELMS group.

Items Fee
Brighton & Hove Libraries reservations From 50p to £1 per item
SELMS reservations £3 per item
Inter-library reservations £7.15 per item

You can find out more about how to borrow items from other libraries.

Fees for photocopying and printing

You can print and photocopy documents at Jubilee and Hove Libraries. All libraries have at least one scanner, which is free to use if you're a member.

Facility Fee
Printing - black and white (including WiFi printing) 20p for A4, 30p for A3
Printing - colour (not available in all libraries) £1 for A4, £1.50 for A3
Self-service photocopiers - black and white (Jubilee and Hove libraries only) 20p for A4, 30p for A3
Self-service photocopiers - colour (Jubilee and Hove libraries only) £1 for A4, £1.50 for A3

How to pay your fees

You can pay your fees by cash or cheque in any of our libraries.

You can only pay by debit or credit card at Jubilee and Hove Libraries.

Get help paying your fees

If you have fees you can’t pay and still want to use the library services, you may be able to pay it back over time.

Please find your local library and speak to a member of staff, or send an email to libraries@brighton-hove.gov.uk.