Library charges

Charges apply from 1 February 2017

Charges for overdue books (including audio books)

Fines are only payable for days that the library is open; charges will therefore vary between libraries. Charges are per item per day.

  • Adults - 15p (maximum £6.50)
  • Young people (5 to 17)/registered chronically sick or disabled - 2p (maximum £1.35)
  • Under 5s - No charge

Overdue letters - members over 18 years of age

We charge 55p for each overdue reminder sent by post or email to any member aged eighteen or over. This applies to all reminders for books and audiobooks, and to follow-up reminders for other items.

Avoid paying the charge by:

  • returning items by the due date
  • renewing loans for books and spoken word (this can be done by visiting a library, by telephone, by email or online)

Language courses

  • One to two items - £1.10 for up to one week then 50p per day up to a maximum of £12
  • Three+ items - £5.50 for three-week loan then 50p per day up to a maximum of £12

DVDs

  • Premium - £3.50 for up to three days then £1.50 per day (maximum £15)
  • Standard - £2.75 for up to one week then 50p per day (maximum £13)
  • Value - £1.65 for up to one week then 25p per day (maximum £6.50)
  • Short - 75p for up to one week then 15p per day (maximum of £3.75)

Request fees for books, DVDs and CDs

  • In stock or on order item (notification by email) - Free
  • In stock or on order item (notification by letter) - £1.10
  • Not in stock item (notification by email) - £1.65
  • Not in stock item (notification by letter) - £3
  • Urgent requests (interlibrary loans) - Plymouth council tax payers: £4.50; Other: £11
  • Journal articles - £1.65 (plus photocopying costs)

Hire of music sets/playsets

Plymouth based groups

  • Vocal scores/Libretti per 10 copies - £2.50 per month
  • Boxed Vocal/Orchestral sets per box - £3.40 per month
  • Playsets - £2 per loan

Non-Plymouth based groups

  • Vocal scores/Libretti per 10 copies - £4 per month
  • Boxed Vocal/Orchestral sets per box - £6 per month
  • Playsets - £2.20 per loan

Printing and photocopying 

There is no discount for double-sided copies. Prices are per sheet unless stated.

Self service

  • A4 black and white - 10p
  • A4 colour - £1.10
  • A3 black and white - 25p
  • A3 colour - £1.65

Staff-assisted

  • A4 black and white - 35p
  • A4 colour - £1.35
  • A3 black and white - 45p
  • A3 colour - £1.85

Posted

  • A4 black and white - £2.65 (up to four sheets, then 60p per sheet), plus postage and packing
  • A4 colour - £1.65 per sheet, plus postage and packing
  • A3 black and white - £3.50 (up to four sheets, then 80p per sheet), plus postage and packing
  • A3 colour - £2.20 per sheet, plus postage and packing

Computer access for visitors

  • 15 minutes and two prints - £1.10
  • 30 minutes and five prints - £2.20
  • 60 minutes and five prints - £3.30
  • 120 minutes and five prints - £5.50

Printing from the internet or from a memory stick

  • A4 black and white - 10p per sheet
  • A4 colour - £1.10 per sheet

Printing from microform

  • A4 black and white - 55p per sheet
  • A3 black and white - £1.10

Sale of printed catalogues and factsheets

We advertise the prices of these items as they're published.

Photographs and other images

We supply copies of our photographs for commercial and non-commercial purposes if we own the copyright or if the photograph is not in copyright.

  • Tiff file supplied on CD - £13.25
  • JPEG file sent by email - £6
  • Printed on A4 160 g/m2 paper - £5.50
  • Printed on A3 160g/m2 paper - £11

Commercial use

Email library@plymouth.gov.uk or call 01752 305909 for more information.

Hire of premises

The library service has eight meeting spaces for hire (book a meeting room)

Research service

  • First 15 minutes - free of charge
  • Hourly charge - £44 plus VAT or pro rata

Sales of art and crafts

Arts and crafts on exhibition may be made available for sale, either by hire of designated exhibition space or by direct sale to the public with commission of 20 per cent (inclusive of VAT) of the price being made payable to Plymouth Library Services.

Lost and damaged items

A scale of charges operates which reflects the replacement cost. Library staff will advise.