Charges and fines for library items

Charges for library services and fines for late returns.

Reservation charges

There are no charges for people using the home library service.

Type Adults Under 18s Reading impaired (over 18s)
Books £1.30 No charge No charge
DVDs £1.30 65p £1.30
Music CDs £1.30 65p £1.30
CD ROMs £1.30 65p £1.30
Audio books £1.30 No charge No charge
Language packs £1.30 65p £1.30

Overdue books charges

There are no charges for:

  • children under five years old or in public care
  • foster carers
  • childminders
  • people with reading impairments
  • people who are housebound
  • home library service
Type Adults Under 18s
Adult books 35p per day late 6p per day late
Children's books 6p per day late 6p per day late
To a maximum of: £6.50 per book
£2.90 per child's book
£2.90 per book

DVD hire charges

There are no charges for people using the home library service.

Colour Adults, Under 18s and reading impaired
Yellow spot (band 1) £1.60 for first week plus £1.60 per additional week to a maximum of £4.80
Red spot (band 2) £3 for first week plus £3 per additional week to a maximum of £9
Blue spot (band 3) £4.50 for first week plus £4.50 per additional week to a maximum of £13.50

Music CD hire charges

There are no charges for people using the home library service.

Colour Adults, under 18s and reading impaired
Yellow spot £1.60 for first week plus £1.60 per additional week to a maximum of £4.80
Green and red spot £4.80 for first week plus £4.80 per additional week to a maximum of £14.40

CD ROM hire charges

There are no charges for people using the home library service.

Colour Adults, under 18s and reading impaired
Yellow spot £2 for first week plus £2 per additional week to a maximum of £6

Audiobook hire charges

There are no charges for:

  • children in public care
  • foster carers
  • people with reading impairments
  • people using the home library service
Colour Adults and under 18s
Yellow spot £1.80 for first three weeks plus £1.80 per additional three weeks to a maximum of £5.40
Green and red spot £3.20 for first three weeks plus £3.20 per additional three weeks to a maximum of £9.60

Playset hire charges

Drama groups can borrow playsets for a hire charge of £6. Anyone who wants to borrow a playset will need to ask library staff for a drama borrower card. The loan period for each playset is 12 weeks, with a maximum of five playsets issued per drama group.

Overdue charges are 35p per playset per day with a maximum of £6.50 per playset. The charge for lost or damaged copies is based on the replacement cost of the playset.

Music performance set hire charges

Scores Price for Oxfordshire borrowers Price for non-Oxfordshire borrowers
Vocal scores
(< 5 minutes)
90p per copy for loans up to 4 months £1.70 per copy per loan for up to 4 months
Vocal scores
(> 5 minutes)
£2.20 per score for loans up to 4 months £3.60 per copy per loan for up to 4 months
Orchestral Sets £40 per set for loans up to 4 months £51 per set per loan for up to 4 months
Surcharge for set or part of set obtained from outside Oxfordshire £8 per loan No service available

Language pack hire charges

There are no charges for people using the home library service.

Colour Adults, under 18s and reading impaired
Yellow spot £1.80 for first three weeks plus £1.80 per additional three weeks to a maximum of £5.40
Green spot £3.20 for first three weeks plus £3.20 per additional three weeks to a maximum of £9.60

Inter library loan charges

Type Adults, under 18s, reading impaired and housebound or home library service
Initial charge £10
Additional charge if item is obtained from the British Library or universities £10
First three renewals No charge
Subsequent renewals (for British Library) £5

Printing and photocopying charges

Dimensions Colour/Black and white Sides Cost per page
A4 Colour/Black and white Single-sided 30p
A3 Colour/Black and white Single-sided 60p

Microfilm charges

Service Cost per page
Self-service 90p
Staff service £1.70

Lost or damaged library cards

There is a cost of £3.15 to replace a lost or damaged library card.

Headphones

Headphones are available to purchase for £2.55.

Memory sticks

Memory sticks are available to buy at £7 each.

Room hire charges

  Half day (3.5 hours) Full day (7 hours)
Room hire for community use £30 £55
Room hire for commercial use £75 £110

Refund policy

Cash and card payments can only be refunded within three months of the transaction.

Payments for Inter Library Loan requests will not be refunded if the customer cancels it. If the library service is unable to obtain a copy of the requested item the standard Inter Library Loan charge will be refunded.

If a customer fails to collect an Inter Library Loan they will be charged the fees that apply.

Items that have been lost, paid for and subsequently found will not be refunded as the customer has already been given three months already to look for the item.

Refunds may be offered for faulty AV items (e.g. DVDs, CDs, Audiobooks etc) at the Manager’s discretion.

Refunds will only be offered for print/photocopying services and room hire, in exceptional circumstances, and at the Manager’s discretion.

No refunds will be offered on overdue fines nor or reservation charges.

The admin charge for return of incomplete music sets is non-refundable – for details on how to avoid this charge see the Music and Performing Arts pages on the Libraries website.