Page last updated 09 April 2015
 

Fees and Charges

Late return charges for books


Static library

Books issued from a static library on the following cards

Borrower card Charge 
adult £0.35 per day open to a maximum of £14.70 per book
5-18 £0.05 per day open to a maximum of £2.10 per book
under 5 no charge

Mobile library

Books issued from a mobile library on the following cards:
 

Borrower Card Charge 
adult £0.60 per visit missed to a maximum of £7.20 per book
5-18  £0.15 per visit missed to a maximum of £1.80 per book
under 5 no charge


You can avoid late return charges by
:

  • Returning items to a library on or before the date they are due
  • Renewing online
  • Contacting your library by phone, post or email on or before the date the items are due back. Items will be renewed from the date the library handles the renewal request, not from when the request was delivered, sent, emailed, posted etc.

If we have your email address we will send you automatic email reminders 3 days before your items are due.

Please note: you should not rely on this service to avoid late returns. The non-receipt of an email, for whatever reason (including conditions on the web or any interruption to the service itself), is not a valid reason to waive charges. The email reminder is an additional courtesy service only.

On holiday? Let us know if you will be away when books are due back. Staff are not permitted to vary loan periods to individual cusotmers without authority; however, a further loan period of up to 21 days may be given and loan periods over 42 days (6 weeks) will require special agreement from the library's principal librarian. 
 

Reservation charges


Stock held in Northamptonshire Libraries

Borrower Category Charge
adult charge to reserve a single item £1.30 (non-refundable)
11-18 no charge to order items held in stock by Northamptonshire Libraries
under 11 no charge to order items held in stock by Northamptonshire Libraries

Stock obtained from the British Library or other Libraries 

Charge
£10.17 per item

 

Stock hire charges


Multimedia items

Audio books, DVDs, blu-ray and other items are hired at their hire charge rate for each loan period or part loan period that items are kept beyond the date they are due for return.

category hire charge
Audio books - on CD and tape  
adult audio books £1.80 per item 
children's audio books £0.80 per item 
DVDs and blu-rays  
single DVDs or blu-rays £2.50 per item for 1 week 
DVDs or blu-rays: sets of 3 discs or more £4.00 per set for 2 weeks 
children's non-feature DVDs or blu-rays £1.50 per item 
Language courses  
single language courses £1.50 per item 
multi-part language courses £3.50 per item 

Drama sets 

charge

£4.50 for 3 weeks. There will be an extra £4.50 charge for a 3 week re-hire period (or part of)

Music score sets

Number of sets borrowed (maximum of 50 copies per set) charge
maximum of 10 music score sets per year of up to 50 copies per set £200
up to 50 additional copies of music score sets £20
individual charge for music scores up to 50 copies  £30

 

Charges for hiring library rooms, IT suites and exhibition space

There are exhibition areas, meeting rooms, computer facilities and spaces in several libraries, which can be hired for displays, sales events, meetings and activities.

To arrange hiring please contact the library directly.

Hire of rooms or space in libraries

Category  Charge
non-private space £7 per hour
private space not for profit £9.50 per hour, plus a standard charge of £35 per hour for caretaking or staff time where required
private space commercial £15 per hour, plus a standard charge of £35 per hour for caretaking or staff time where required

Hire of the Carnegie Room at Northampton Central Library

Category Charge
not for profit £15 per hour, plus a standard charge of £35 per hour for caretaking or staff time where required
commercial £18 per hour, plus a standard charge of £35 per hour for caretaking or staff time where required


Hire of exhibition space (where available)

Charge
£40 plus VAT (minimum charge); 20% of sales plus VAT

  

Computer and internet service

There is both a free service and a charged for service in all libraries with free computer hire on Fridays.

From April 2015 to March 2016 Northamptonshire Libraries will continue to waive the usual computer hire fee for the charged for service on Fridays.

Please note: terms and conditions do apply; charges for printing and photocopying remain in place. 

Category Charge Description
e-library free:  the e-library includes access to thousands of recommended websites including subscription websites purchased by Northamptonshire Libraries to allow library members to use them for free.
computer hire

£1 minimum charge for up to 20 minutes use; thereafter, £1 for each subsequent 20 minutes of use.

Please note: payment is in advance for the time you think you will need; there are no refunds for unused time.

Access to: 

  • email and social media
  • search engines
  • printing from memory stick or card
  • Microsoft Office 2007 applications

 

 

booking a computer free (library members can book in advance)

  

Charges for laminating, photocopying, printing and scanning


Laminating

Please ask staff about laminating your documents 

Size  charge
A4 and smaller £1.50 per sheet
A3 £3 per sheet

Photocopying

Size and colour  charge
A4 black and white £0.20 per sheet; multiple copies 10p per sheet for a minimum of 50 copies from 1 original
A4 colour £0.50 per sheet; multiple copies at £0.30 per sheet for a minimum of 50 copies from one original
A3 black and white £0.30 per sheet; multiple copies at £0.15 per sheet for a minimum of 50 copies from 1 original
A3 colour £1 per sheet; multiple copies at £0.75 per sheet from a minimum of 50 copies from 1 original
 

Printing

Size and Colour Charge
A4 black and white £0.20 per sheet
A3 black and white £0.30 per sheet
A4 colour £0.50 per sheet
A3 black and white £1 per sheet

 

Scanning

Scanning is a free service provided through library people's network printers. Documents can be scanned on to a memory stick or card.

Please note: printing a scanned image is part of the charged for service - you will need to hire a library computer (free hire on Fridays) to access printing. 

 

Fax charges

Please ask a member of staff to help you fax your documents.

Please check library webpages to see if an individual library provides a fax service.

Recipient  First page rate Subsequent pages rate
UK, Europe, USA, Canada £1.80 £0.70
Rest of World £2.40 £1.30
fax receipt at libraries £1 £0.05

 

Items for sale

Sales of withdrawn and donated stock are held regularly in libraries across Northamptonshire. Large or specific sales, e.g. withdrawn CDs, are in the local press. Most libraries have a small selection of sales stock at all times.

Adult books

Category charge
hardback non-fiction/information £1.55 or as individually priced
paperback non-fiction/information £0.50 or as individually priced
hardback fiction/novels £0.50 or as individually priced
paperback fiction/novels £0.25 or as individually priced


Children's books

category charge
hardback non-fiction/information £0.50 or as individually priced
hardback fiction/novels £0.40 or as individually priced
paperbacks £0.25 or as individually priced
picture books £0.50 or as individually priced


Multimedia

category charge
audiobooks on tape £1.50
audiobooks on CD £5
cassettes £0.20
CDs - single disc £1.50
CDs - each additional disc in sets £0.75 or as individually priced
DVDs and blu-rays £2 or as individually priced
videos £1.50 or as individually priced
 

Charges for lost or damaged items

 

Membership cards

charge
£2.50 each (includes administration charge)
 

Faulty stock items

If an item was faulty when you received it, please report it to a member of staff.

Lost or damaged stock items

Replacement costs for lost or damaged items are based on actual prices and include a £5 handling charge except where stated. A receipt will be issued when payment is made for a lost item.

If the item is subsequently found, money paid (less the handling charge) may be refunded on production of the item together with the Northamptonshire County Council official receipt or the till receipt.

Charges are based on average prices paid by Northamptonshire Libraries for new stock. For all items other than DVDs and blu-rays, customers can provide an identical replacement (plus £5 handling charge).

Books

Category charge (includes £5 handling charge)
adult non-fiction hardback £16.67
adult non-fiction paperback £12.25
adult fiction hardback £14.06
adult fiction paperback £9.99
graphic novel £12.99
child non-fiction hardback £12.73
child non-fiction paperback £10.07
child fiction hardback

£11.44

child fiction paperback £9.88
young adult non-fiction hardback £13.97
young adult non-fiction paperback £11.07
young adult fiction hardback £12.74
young adult fiction paperback £10.38
giant picture book £16.31
large print adult non-fiction hardback £23.76
large print adult non-fiction paperback £19.17
large print adult fiction hardback £22.26
large print adult fiction paperback £15.83

Audio books: adult, child and young adult

category charge
individual tapes from a set £5.50 each

individual CDs from a set

£10.50 each
complete sets as per purchase price plus £5 handling charge
 

DVDs and blu-ray discs

category  charge
single DVD or blu-ray disc £19.50
complete sets as per purchase price plus £5 handling charge

Language courses

category  charge
CD or cassette (single and multi) £29.30
video £28.59

 

Fees and charges: methods of payment

Currently all fees and charges can only be paid in the library by using the self-service machines.

Please note: card payment facilities are available at Northampton Central, Daventry, Kettering, Wellingborough and Weston Favell Libraries. Minimum amount through card payment is £5

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