Libraries and archives

Fees and charges

Borrowing charges

Concessions available for child, teenage and assisted users.
Item Loan period Resident Non-resident
DVDs 7 days £2.50 £3
CDs 21 days 50p £1

Reservation charges

Reserving books, spoken word items, CDs, DVDs.

  • Adults 70p.
  • Concessions 30p (concessions are for people on benefits or over 60).
  • Child, teenage and disabled reservations are free.

Late return charges

We charge for the late return of items. Young people under 18 are exempt from fines unless they borrow certificate 12 or 15 DVDs.

Charges are per item per day.

Item Residents Senior citizens Non-residents
Books, Spoke word CD 10p 5p 10p
DVDs (new titles) 40p 40p 50p
DVDs (old titles) 20p 20p 20p
Music CDs 20p 20p 30p

How to pay

You can pay library charges in person when you visit any library. Library staff will inform you of the amount you need to pay.

Lost library card

Contact your library to let them know you've lost your card. Staff will add a note to your account and issue a new card on your next visit - remember to bring a form of ID with you. The first replacement card is free then 50p for additional replacements.

Printing charges

Computers are free to use but you will be charged the following fees per side of printing:

  • Black and white A4 - 20p per sheet
  • Black and white A3 - 30p per sheet
  • Colour A4 - 50p per sheet
  • Colour A3 - £1.20 per sheet

Coin boxes for printers accept notes and all coins except copper coins. Contactless payment is only available in Central Library.

We do not offer a walk in printing service.

Research charges

If you need help with some Liverpool research visit Research services for prices and details.

Meeting room hire

Central Library have meeting rooms for hire, charging highly competitive room hire rates, for further details of what's available and contact details visit Central Library meeting room.