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Charges from April 1 2023.

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.

Costs, charges and fines


Membership charges
Item Cost Under 16s, OAP and registered blind or partially sighted
Membership card Free Free
Replacement membership card £1.50 £1.50

Photocopying and printing

Photocopying charges
Category Cost per A4 side Cost per A3 side
Black and white photocopy £0.20 £0.50
Colour photocopy £0.60 £1.20
Minimum postage charge £6.80 (up to 10 copies) £6.80 (up to 5 copies)
Additional postage charge per sheet £0.20 £0.60
Postal admin charge £1.20 £1.20
Printing charges
Category Cost per A4 side Cost per A3 side
PC print - black and white £0.20 £0.50
PC print - colour £0.60 £1.20
Microfilm print £0.80 £1.60
Minimum postage charge - Microfilm print £6.00 (up to 2 copies) £6.00 (for 1 copy)
Additional postage charge per sheet £1.60 £3.00
Admin charge £2.00 £1.20

Hire charges and fines

Book hire charges and fines
Book charges  
Reservations (if available from library stock) Free
Reservations from regional or national libraries £4.00
Reservations from the British Library £10.50
Overdue books (per item per day) £0.20 (over 65's free) - Maximum charge £10.00

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

Lost books (minimum charges)*
Category Hardback Paperback
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 hire  
Audio hire - reservation Free
Language CDs and talking books (per day) Free
Overdue charges for audio hire items (per item per day) £0.35 - 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

Use of computers in libraries:

  • Members: Free
  • Non-members: £1.20 per hour

Room hire and refreshments

Charges for room hire and refreshments (per hour):

  • Small meeting room (up to 8 people): £17.00
  • Large meeting room (9 people or more): £25.00
  • Meeting room with IT facilities: £35.00

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.

Archives and family history charges

  • Research fee (excluding planning) for example genealogy, per hour - £23.00
  • Digital images:
    • Per image (not including postage & packaging) - £8.00
    • Per image on CD - £8.50
    • 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 - £70.00
    • Cost per hour or part hour - commercial sites - £105.00