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Library fines and charges

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Fines for overdue, lost or damaged library items

Avoid fines for overdue items by getting reminders for when they're due back. If you can't get to the library to return an item on time, you can usually renew your loans to avoid paying a fine. Find out how to renew your loan to avoid paying a fine

How can you pay your library fine?

You'll have to pay your library fine in person at any library across the borough. At all our libraries, you can pay your fine by cash or cheque.

Find your nearest library to pay your fine

How much are library fines in Rochdale borough?

If you don't return or renew the items your borrow by your return date, you'll have to pay an overdue fine. You'll also be fined if you lose or damage an item you borrow. 

These rates apply from 1 April 2017.

Book fines

Adult overdue fine for each item: 20p a day
Maximum fine: £12 an item
Under 17s overdue fine: No charge for overdue items
Lost or damaged item fine: £2.10

Audiobook and other audio loan fines

Overdue fine for each item: 10p a day
Lost or damaged audiobook: £1.40
Lost or damaged Playaway (our device for listening to audiobooks): £1.40
Lost or damaged battery for Playaway: £2.20
Lost or damaged headphones: £1.40

Charges for library services

We have many different services available for you to use at your local library.

Where can you access your library services?

Some services may not be available at every library across the borough. You should check your local library page on this website to see what services they've available. Find your nearest library to check what services they offer

How much are library service charges in Rochdale borough?

We offer some library services for FREE but there are some you'll have to pay for. Find out the charge for services below.

These rates apply from 1 April 2017.

Borrowing a book

Borrowing an audiobook
From Friday, 1 June 2018 - Saturday, 1 December 2018, we're offering loans of all our audiobooks for FREE for all library members.

£1 for each audiobook for a period of 3 weeks.

There is no charge for:

  • Customers registered blind or partially sighted or who have other special needs which mean they are unable to read printed books.
  • Customers of the Doorstep Library Service (housebound)​.

Borrowing a set of vocal scores

Reserving an item from the library catalogue

Requesting an item we don't have in stock


Adult replacement library card


Under 17s replacement library card


A4 black and white printing and photocopying

10p for each single sided page

A3 black and white printing and photocopying

20p for each single sided page

A4 colour printing and photocopying

40p for each single sided page

A3 colour printing and photocopying

70p for each single sided page

Microprints and prints from

90p for each print

Postcard sized local history digital prints on photographic paper


A4 sized local history digital prints on photographic paper


sized local history digital prints on photographic paper

First fax


Each fax after the first fax


Incoming fax


Meeting room hire charge

£18.50 an hour (we'll consider a reduced rate for community groups)
More information about booking a library meeting room



0300 303 8876

Phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm.
Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Did you know?

You can join the library for FREE and anyone can join. It only takes a couple of minutes to join online. You can use your account to:

  • Borrow items from any library in Greater Manchester.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines and eGraphicnovels ​to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Access a range of online resources from help with passing your driving theory test to advice for local businesses.

Please remember to bring identification when you first visit the library to borrow items - for example, utility bill, driving licence or bank statement.

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