Fees and charges from April 1 2022

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.

You can also pay charges via self-service machines in all of our libraries.

Costs, charges and fines


Membership charges
Membership cardFree
Replacement membership card£1.00

Photocopying and printing

Photocopying charges
CategoryCost per A4 sideCost per A3 side
Black and white photocopy£0.20£0.40
Colour photocopy£0.50£1.00
Minimum postage charge£6.10 (up to 10 copies)£6.10 (up to 5 copies)
Additional postage charge per sheet£0.20£0.40
Admin charge£1.00£1.00

Printing charges
CategoryCost per A4 sideCost per A3 side
PC print - black and white£0.20£0.40
PC print - colour£0.50£1.00
Microfilm print£0.70£1.45
Minimum postage charge - Microfilm print£5.50 (up to 2 copies)£5.50 (for 1 copy)
Additional postage charge per sheet£1.45£2.75
Admin charge£1.00£1.00

Hire charges and fines

Book hire charges and fines
Book chargesGeneral publicActive Lifestyle card holder
Reservations (if available from library stock)FreeFree
Reservations from regional or national libraries£3.60£3.10
Reservations from the British Library£10.20£8.70
Overdue books (per item per day)£0.20 (over 65's free) - Maximum charge £10.00£0.15 - Maximum charge £10.00

 Under 16s are not liable for the above book charges.

Lost books (minimum charges)*
Adult non-fiction£10.00£8.00
Adult fiction£8.00£4.50
Junior non-fiction£6.50£3.50
Junior fiction£6.00£3.50

* If you lose a new book you pay the full amount, as per the price shown on the catalogue. This charge is reduced by 10% per year, from book purchase date, down to a minimum charge as shown above.

Audio hire charges and fines
Audio hireGeneral publicActive Lifestyle card holders
Audio hire - reservationFreeFree
Language tapes/CDs and talking books (per day)FreeFree
Overdue charges for audio hire items (per item per day)£0.30 - Maximum charge £10.00£0.30 - Maximum charge £10.00

Registered blind, partially sighted and hearing impaired people who reside within the borough of Bury are not liable for audio hire charges.

Computer use charges
Computer chargesMembersNon-members
Use of computers in librariesFree£1 per hour

Room hire and refreshments

Charges for room hire and refreshments
Type of roomCost per hour
Small meeting room (up to 8 people)£15.30
Large meeting room (9 people or more)£20.40
Meeting room with IT facilities£30.60

For room hire outside of normal library opening hours there is minimum booking period of 2 hours plus a surcharge of £40.00. Provision of refreshments by arrangement.

Other service charges

Vocal score hire

  • Per set of scores per month or part month - £20.40

Audio transcription service

  • Cost per hour £16.30 (plus £6.00 for supply of CD or tape)
  • Registered blind or partially sighted get small documents free of charge

Braille transcription service

  • Cost per hour - £16.30
  • Plus, per Braille sheet - £0.10p 

Archives and family history charges

Research fee (excluding planning) for example genealogy
  • Per hour - £20.40
Digital Images
  • Per image (not including postage & packaging) - £7.10
  • Per image on CD - £7.65
  • Admin charge - £2.00
Photography/USB permit
  • To photograph archive materials or save to a USB - £10 for a maximum of 10 images
Planning-related Archive Service search
  • Researching and providing information from planning and ecological records
  • Cost per hour or part hour - domestic properties - £62.00
  • Cost per hour or part hour - commercial sites - £93.00