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Library fines and charges

​​​​You will not be charged a fine for any overdue books until all our libraries are open. We aim to reopen all of our libraries by February 2022.

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

How to pay a library fine or charge

You'll need to go to any library in the borough to pay in person. You should bring your library membership card with you.

You can pay by cash or cheque. If you're paying by cheque, they should be made payable to Rochdale Borough Council.

Fines for overdue, lost or damaged library items

These are the fines for library items that are overdue, lost or damaged.

  • Adult overdue fine for each book or audiobook: 30p a day
  • Reading Well Books on Prescription scheme: you do not pay fines on any overdue books. However, if possible, please return items to us after you've finished them so others can borrow them.
  • Maximum fine: £12.75 an item
  • Under 17s overdue fine: no charge for overdue items
  • Lost or damaged book: £2.50 admin fee in addition to the cost of the book. There is no charge for damaged children's books if borrowed on a child's library card.
  • Lost or damaged audiobook: £2.10 admin fee in addition to the cost of the audiobook

Charges for library services

We've many different services available for you to use at your local library. Find your nearest library to see what services they offer.

  • Borrowing a book: FREE
  • Reserving an item from the library catalogue: FREE
  • Borrowing a set of vocal scores: FREE
  • Borrowing an audiobook: FREE
  • Requesting an item we don't have in stock: £4
  • Adult replacement library card: £2.60
  • Under 17s replacement library card: £1.35
  • A4 black and white printing and photocopying: 10p for each single sided page
  • A4 colour printing and photocopying: 70p for each single sided page
  • A3 black and white printing and photocopying: 40p for each single sided page
  • A3 colour printing and photocopying:  £1.20 for each single sided page
  • Postcard sized local history digital prints on photographic paper: £4.20
  • A4 sized local history digital prints on photographic paper: £7.90
  • A3 sized local history digital prints on photographic paper: £15.70
  • Microfilm prints: £1
  • Meeting room hire charge: £19 an hour. We'll consider a reduced rate for community groups. Get in touch with us using the contact details on this page or enquire at your preferred library if you're interested in booking a library meeting room.


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Did you know?

Joining a library is free. You can join any library in England and Wales to use their facilities.

So, if you can't find it with us, take a look at the services on offer at a different library.

Join Rochdale borough libraries

It only takes a couple of minutes to join the library online. You can use your library membership to:

  • Download the latest eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines to your smartphone, tablet or desktop.
  • Reserve and renew books.
  • Choose from thousands of great books and audiobooks.
  • Access a range of online resources.
  • Borrow items from any library in the Greater Manchester Consortium.

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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