Charges & Fees

Most library services are free, such as joining or borrowing books. For charges, fees, discounts & exemptions, check out the information below.


Until further notice there is a fines amnesty for Nottingham City Library members. If your item is late we will not charge you. To help you avoid overdue charges, we are auto-renewing your items on loan.


Most of our library services are free. 

Most of what we offer is free, enabling access to as many services as possible, such as joining Nottingham City Libraries and borrowing books.

For any paid services, find out more information on charges, fees, discounts and exemptions on this page.

See standard rates for overdue items below. There is a fines amnesty for Nottingham City Library members.

If your item is late we will not charge you. To help you avoid overdue charges, we are also auto-renewing your items on loan.

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
DVD (single)£1.001 weekUnder 18s
DVD (boxed set)£2.001 weekUnder 18s
DVD (children)£1.001 weekUnder 18s
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.

Reservations may take longer than usual due to auto-renewing of items and limited opening hours, please visit our Coronavirus page for more details.

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 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
DVDs£0.30 per itemUnder 18s

Stock not available in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire libraries that is borrowed via another UK library are £6 per item.

Currently, due to COVID-19 safety measures, computer use is limited to 45 minutes maximum.

Library memberFreeUnlimited
Non-library member£1.00Per 30 minutes

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

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

Printing and photocopying: cash only in machine coin box.

Please have exact change as due to current Covid-19 restrictions there is no cash handling by staff.

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
Faxing (sending in the UK)£0.70£0.70
Faxing (sending internationally)From £1 plusFrom £1 plus
Fax (receiving)£0.70£0.70

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? 

Currently, due to COVID-19 restrictions, there are no tills on site and no cash handling. Please pay library charges online where possible and for printing and photocopying please bring exact change.

  • In any Nottingham City library with cash at the counter (Central Library accepts card payments or cash) or by using cash at the self-service (RFID) machines.
  • Printing and photocopying requires exact change in the machine coin box (coins accepted £2, £1, 50p, 20p,10p, 5p)

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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