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Charges & Fees

Many of the services provided by libraries come at no cost, including membership and book borrowing. For details on any associated charges, fees, discounts, or exemptions, please refer to the information provided below.


Our fines amnesty for Nottingham City Library members on books issued in the city libraries continues until further notice, if your item is late we will not charge you. It is still best to return your books and other items by the date due or renew them, another person may have reserved the book and be waiting for it.

Reservations (holds) are also free until further notice, charges will appear on your library account but are automatically cleared overnight.

Updated March 2024

See standard rates for overdue items below. Until further notice we will not charge for items returned late.

Overdue items

Overdue ItemCharge / length
All loan items£0.20 per day

(up to max £8 per item)

Loan Charges

Loan itemChargeLengthCharge exemptions
BooksFree3 weeksUnder 18s, Home Library Service & asylum seekers
CD (single)£0.801 weekUnder 18s & looked after children
CD (set)£1.501 weekUnder 18s & looked after children
Language courses & ESOL coursesFree6 weeksN/a
MagazinesFree3 weeksN/a
Talking BooksFree3 weeksN/a

Avoid overdue charges?

You can renew 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 the libraries team to sign you up.

Until further notice Nottingham City Library members can reserve items, free of charge, online via the Library catalogue, in person or by phone at any Nottingham City or Inspire (Notts County) library. The normal charge of £0.30p per item will appear on your account and then be cleared automatically overnight by the system.

Please note that charges may be different for Inspire (Nottinghamshire County libraries) and it is always best to check their website.

Loan itemReservation chargeCharge exemptions
Books£0.30 per itemUnder 18s, Home Library Service & asylum seekers
CDs£0.30 per itemUnder 18s & looked after children

Inter-Library Loans: Stock not available in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire libraries that is borrowed via another UK library are £6 per item. This is not included in the free reservations offer.

Library memberFreeUnlimited
Non-library member£1.00Per 30 minutes

For scanning you will need to book a computer with a scanner.  Scanning is free.

Use of the library computers is very popular, visit the Computers page for more details, including booking.

Printing and photocopying: pay online or by cash at the desk.

TypeCharge (standard)Charge (under 18s)
A4 Black and White£0.15 per side£0.10p per side
A3 Black and White£0.30 per side£0.15 per side
A4 Colour£0.50 per side£0.25 per side
A3 Colour£1 per side£0.50 per side

There may be additional charges for staff-assisted document copying for Local Studies materials. Please ask staff for details or to find out more, click ‘Get in touch’ below.

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

Reproduction Services : specialist printing and copying

A4 Black and White£0.50 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)£1.00 per item
Administration charge£4.00 per 10 items

Specialist Research and Enquiry Service

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

Research after the first 30 minutes: £10 per half hour, plus charge for copies and administration.
Commercial rateResearch: £20 per half hour, plus charge for copies and administration.

Interested to find out more about Local Studies Services? 

Joining Nottingham City library and the first library membership card is free for all.

ItemChargeCharge exemptions
Nottingham City Libraries membershipFreeUnder 18s
Replacement library card£1 per cardUnder 18s

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