Library fees and charges

Library item charges

It is free to join the library, borrow books or request items from our catalogue using online self-service.

Fees and charges may apply for other services.

You won't be allowed to use your library card if you owe £10 or more – check our fines.

Loans and renewals

Item Charge For
Requests from the Thurrock and Essex County Council library catalogue free per item
Requests from other library catalogues £7.65 per item
Requests from the British Library £24.25 per item
British Library loan renewals £5.30 per item
DVD £1 1 week
CD £1 1 week
Spoken word on CD – adults £3.05 3 weeks
Spoken word on CD – children free 3 weeks
Language course – single item £1.50 3 weeks
Language course – multiple set £3.60 12 weeks

Items borrowed from other authorities, including all CD-ROMs, will be charged at their rate.

Damaged and lost items

Item Charge For
Lost or damaged adult books for which no current value can be traced £30 per item
Lost or damaged children's books for which no current value can be traced £20 per item
Lost book wallets £1.60 per item
Lost DVD, CD or insert full cost per item
Lost case for DVD or CD £2.10 per item

Items for sale

Item Charge For
Sale items – hardback book 50p per item
Sale items – paperback book 25p per item
Sale items – music CDs 50p per item
Sale items – spoken word on CD £1 per item

Lost membership cards

Item Charge For
Lost membership cards – adults £2.60 first replacement
Lost membership cards – adults £3.10 second and next replacements
Lost membership cards – children free first replacement
Lost membership cards – children £2.60 second and next replacements

Other charges and ways to pay

For details of other charges, library fines and payment online, go to: