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Essex library fees changing

27 June 2017

Fees for library services including overdue book fines are set to change soon.

The fees, which have stayed the same since 2009, are set to change after a recent review of comparable charges made by other local authorities.

Book loans and computer use will remain free for all library customers, but certain charges will rise by a small amount from July 3rd, with a cap applying for books and CDs.

Charges for overdue fines, photocopying, printing, DVDs and book loans from the British Library will rise, and there will be a £1 charge to replace lost or damaged library cards.

Cllr Susan Barker, the Cabinet Member responsible for libraries, said: “Library fees have stayed the same for eight years, so these changes are necessary, especially as Government funding continues to fall and will be phased out completely by 2020.

Any income from fees is invested back into the service so we can continue to offer a range of library services across the county.

“Customers will still be able to borrow books and reserve items in stock free of charge.”

 

For more details on the charges, visit libraries.essex.gov.uk/news/fees-and-charges-are-changing/

Libraries


Category

Current charge

New charge

Fines for late returns of books, audiobooks, and CDs

10p a day

20p a day for each day the issuing library is open for the first week, £1.40 per week thereafter, capped at £7

 

 

DVD hire

£1.50 for 1 week

£2 for 1 week

CD hire

£1 for 3 weeks

£1 for 1 week

Children’s audiobook hire

80p for 3 weeks

£1 for 3 weeks

Language courses

£3.50 for 12 weeks

£3.50 for 6 weeks

 Photocopying

A4 black and white

10p

15p

A4 black and white
over 50 copies

5p

10p

A3 black and white

10p

40p

A3 black and white
over 50 copies

5p

20p

A3 colour

£1.20

£2

 Printing from people’s network computers

A4 black and white

10p

20p

A4 colour

50p

£1.20

 

Interlibrary loans

 

 

£1

 

£7

British Library loans

£3

£22, renewals will incur a £4.75 charge

Faxes

UK and Ireland
single page

£1.05

£1.25

UK and Ireland
extra page

50p

60p

Europe single page

£2.55

£3.05

Europe extra page

£1.10

£1.30

Rest of the world first page

£3.10

£3.75

Rest of world extra page

£1.70

£2.05

Mobile libraries

DVD hire

£1.50 for 2 weeks

£2 for 2 weeks

 

CD hire

£1 for 6 weeks

£1 for 2 weeks

Children’s audiobook hire

80p for 6 weeks

£1 for 6 weeks

Language courses

£3.50 for 12 weeks

£3.50 for 6 weeks