Library Charges and Fees

Most library services are free, such as joining and borrowing books. Here you will find information on library charges, fees and concessions

Overdue Items

The following fines apply to books, talking books and language courses which are not returned or renewed by the end of the loan period:

  • 20pence per item per day overdue
  • There is a maximum overdue fine of £8.00 per item

Exemptions: under 18s, home library services users, asylum seekers and children looked after.

To avoid fines you can:

  • Sign up for email alerts (ask at your local library)
  • Renew online via the Library catalogue
  • Renew in person at any City or County library


There is a non-refundable charge of 25 pence per item, payable at the time the item is collected.

Exemptions: under 18s, and children looked after.

Items obtained from outside Nottingham/Nottinghamshire public library services (via inter-library loans) will cost an extra £6.00 per item.

You can:

  • Reserve online via the Library catalogue
  • Reserve in person or by telephone at any City or County library

*Reservations for CDs and DVDs are free if you are collecting from a community library (not Nottingham Central Library) 

Public Computers

Library members can now enjoy FREE, unlimited computer use. Book a PC in advance

Non-Library members will now pay a charge of £1 per 30 minutes

Please note: Library members can create up to 6 computer reservations in advance, up to 15 days in advance. A reservation is any period of time up to a maximum of 2 hours before 3pm and up to a maximum of 1 hour after 3pm.

Printing, Photocopying and Scanning

  • Printing and photocopying - A4 Black and White (per side) - 10pence
  • Printing and photocopying - A3 Black and \White (per side) - 20pence
  • Printing and photocopying - A4 Colour (per side) - 50pence
  • Printing and photocopying - A3 Colour (per side) - £1.00
  • Scanning - FREE

In libraries without a choice of printers, the charge is 10pence per A4 side.

Did you know we offer a 50% discount on printing charges and computer use for under 18s?

Music CDs

The weekly loan charges are:



CDs - individual disc


CDs - boxed set



The weekly loan charges are:



Standard DVDs - individual disc


Standard DVDs - boxed set


Children's DVDs


Language Courses

Language courses-full set (six week loans) and  ESOL courses are free of charge.

Replacement of Lost Membership Cards

The replacement charge is £1.

The replacement charge for a Citycard (combining travel, leisure centre and library use on one card) is £3.

Exemptions: under 18s and children in care.

Electronic Payments

You can now pay any charges or fines which you have incurred without going into a library:

  • Electronic payment using a debit/credit card can be made through this web site
  •  Call 0115 915 2825 or 0115 915 2810 and have your Chip and Pin card ready (Monday to Thursday 9am to 7pm, Friday 9am to 5.30pm, Saturday 9am to 4pm)

Contact Us

Nottingham Central Library Angel Row Nottingham NG1 6HP E-mail: enquiryline@nottinghamcity.gov.uk Fax: 0115 915 2840
Tel: 0115 915 2828
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