Library fines and charges

Fines and charges vary depending on the item you are borrowing. 

Below you will find our charges and late fees for items you can borrow from the library.

Please note:

  • If you renew chargeable items you will pay a further hire charge each time you renew
  • If the chargeable items are not renewed or returned on the due date daily fines are applicable

How to pay a fine or fee

You can pay most fines, charges and fees online.
You can do so by logging into My Account with your borrower ID (found on library notices or the back of your card) and your 4-digit library PIN (forgotten your PIN?)

List of fees and charges

To hire How long? Price
Books 4 weeks Free
Music CD 1 week £1
DVDs 1 week £1
DVDs (concessionary card holders) 1 week Free
DVD box sets 2 weeks £2
Adult books on CD and mp3 4 weeks £1.50
Adult books on CD and mp3 (over 60s) 4 weeks £1
Information DVDs 4 weeks £1

Late charges

Late charges Rate per day per item Maximum fine per item
Items returned after due date 20p £6
Items returned after due date (over 60s) 10p £3
DVD box sets 50p £15

Lost or missing items

Lost items Price
Books Replacement cost
Adult membership card £1
Story sacks £70

Reservation fees and book finding service

Item Charge
Reservation for items in other Southampton City Libraries Free
Adult items not in stock in Southampton (Inter Library Loans) £4.00 basic search, additional £6.00 for books obtained from premium rate libraries
Inter Library Loans renewal (if available) £1.00 for a 4 week renewal

Photocopying, printing and scanning

Print, scan and copy charges Cost
A4 Black and white photocopies and print out 15p per side
A4 Colour photocopies and print outs 50p per side
A3 black and white photocopies and print outs 25p per side
A3 colour photocopies and print outs £1 per side
Scanning service £1 for up to 10 pages, per transaction
Laminating service £1 (A4) and £1.50 (A3)
Fax copies (inside UK only) £1 first page, 50p per additional page

Other charges

Other charges Cost
USB Flash Drive £6
Pen or Pencil 20p
Highlighter £1
Biodegradable A4 wallet 50p
A4 envelope 50p
A4 pad £2.00

Room hire

Space Cost
Meeting room hire (ad hoc basis) £15 per hour, £45 per half day (up to 4 hours), £90 per full day (up to 9 hours)
Meeting room hire (regular bookings) £12 per hour, £36 per half day (up to 4 hours), £72 per full day (up to 9 hours)
Learning Centre hire £30 per hour, £90 per half day (up to 4 hours), £150 per full day (up to 9 hours)
Out of hours meeting room hire (on application only) £25.00


If you have any additional queries or think an amount owing is incorrect please let us know:


Before you fill in this form

You won't be able to save this form to complete later, so please allow yourself a couple of minutes to fill in the form.

You will need to have the following information to hand:

  • Your borrower number (if relevant)

Ask libraries a question

Or you can call us on:

  • 023 8083 3007 to renew items and enquiries during office hours
  • 023 8083 2205 for the local history library