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
  • 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 four-digit library PIN (forgotten your PIN?).

List of fees and charges

To hire How long? Price
Books Four weeks Free
Music CD One week £1
DVDs One week £1
DVDs (concessionary card holders) One week Free
DVD box sets Two weeks £2
Adult books on CD and mp3 Four weeks £1.50
Adult books on CD and mp3 (over 60s) Four weeks £1
Information DVDs Four 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 basic search, additional £6 for books obtained from premium rate libraries
Inter Library Loans renewal (if available) £1 for a four 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

Room hire

Space Cost
Meeting room hire (single or occasional bookings) £15 per hour, £45 per half day (up to four hours), £90 per full day (up to nine hours)
Meeting room hire (regular bookings) £12 per hour, £36 per half day (up to four hours), £72 per full day (up to nine hours)
Learning Centre hire £30 per hour, £90 per half day (up to four hours), £150 per full day (up to nine hours)
Out of hours meeting room hire (on application only) £25

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

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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