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Library fines and charges

​​​​These rates apply from 1 April 2019.

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Fines for overdue, lost or damaged library items

How to avoid a library fine

If you can't get to the library to return an item on time, you can usually renew your loans to avoid paying a fine.

How to pay your library fine

You'll have to pay your library fine in person at any library across the borough. At all our libraries, you can pay your fine by cash or cheque. If you're paying by cheque, they should be made payable to Rochdale Borough Council. You should bring your library membership card with you to pay your fine.

How much are library fines in Rochdale borough?

If you don't return or renew the items you borrow by your return date, you'll have to pay an overdue fine. You'll also be charged if you lose or damage an item you borrow. 

Book fines:

  • Adult overdue fine for each item: 20p a day. You won't need to pay fines on any overdue books from the Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme.
  • Maximum fine: £12.25 an item
  • Under 17s overdue fine: no charge for overdue items
  • Lost or damaged book: £2.10 admin fee in addition to the cost of the book

Audiobook and other audio loan fines:

  • Overdue fine for each item: 10p a day
  • Lost or damaged audiobook: £2.10 admin fee in addition to the cost of the audiobook

Charges for library services

We've many different services available for you to use at your local library. Local libraries - find your nearest library to see what services they offer.

Library charges across the borough of Rochdale.

  • Borrowing a book: FREE
  • Reserving an item from the library catalogue: FREE
  • Borrowing a set of vocal scores: FREE
  • Borrowing an audiobook: FREE
  • Requesting an item we don't have in stock: £4
  • Adult replacement library card: £2.50
  • Under 17s replacement library card: £1.25
  • A4 black and white printing and photocopying: 10p for each single sided page
  • A4 colour printing and photocopying: 50p for each single sided page
  • A3 black and white printing and photocopying: 20p for each single sided page
  • A3 colour printing and photocopying:  £1 for each single sided page
  • Printing from 90p for each single sided page
  • Postcard sized local history digital prints on photographic paper: £4
  • A4 sized local history digital prints on photographic paper: £7.50
  • A3 sized local history digital prints on photographic paper: £15
  • Microfilm prints: £1
  • Sending a fax: £2 for the first sheet, 60p for each additional sheet
  • Receiving a fax: £1.40
  • Meeting room hire charge: £19 an hour. We'll consider a reduced rate for community groups. Get in touch with us using the contact details on this page or enquire at your preferred library if you're interested in booking a library meeting room.


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Did you know?

Joining a library is FREE. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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