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Library charges

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Overdue charges

There are charges on overdue library items:

  • the daily charge for books borrowed on an adult library card is 20p per day overdue

  • there are no overdue charges for books borrowed on a child's library card

  • the overdue charge is applied on the basis that libraries are open six days a week. It is not possible for the system to recognise the varied pattern of each of the county libraries' opening hours (without creating difficulties in processes such as issuing, reserving or returning books)

You can:

  • return any library item to any Dorset or Poole library, or to any library in the LibrariesWest area.

  • renew all books except books requested by another customer

Overdue charges for books

Overdue charges: booksCharges

Borrowed on an adult card

20p per day

Maximum overdue charge


For children

No charge

How to avoid overdue charges

You can renew library books:

Lost or damaged library books

Speak to our staff if you have lost or damaged any library book or other item and they will advise how much you will be charged. 

Hire periods

You can hire library items for different periods:

  • DVDs:1 week hire period
  • talking books: 3 weeks hire period
  • music CDs:1 week hire period

Charges are made per hire period. Find our hire charges.

We ask you for the hire payment when you check the item out.

Courtesy reminders by email

To help you manage your library account, you can sign up for emails to alert you that items on loan will soon be due for return.

Speak to a library staff member to sign up for email alerts or amend your details. 

Overdue notifications

Overdue notifications will be sent by email as this is a convenient and cost effective way to contact you. Sign up for an email alert.

Replacement membership cards

We can replace lost membership cards at your local library for a charge of £2.

Hire charges for library items 

CDs and DVDs

Hire charges for talking books, CDs, DVDs and language courses:

ItemHire charge

Adult talking books


Music CDs


Premium DVDs (new titles)


Standard DVDs


Information DVDs and other children's


Language courses


Music sets

Hire charges for music sets:

Music setsHire charges


£12 for up to 40 copies for 12 week loan period

Late or incomplete return


From 1 February 2018  
Music Sets Hire Charge
Vocal Scores £1 per copy for up to 12 weeks loan
Orchestral Sets £35 per orchestral set for up to 12 weeks loan
Late or incomplete return £20

Drama sets

Hire charges for drama sets:

Drama setsHire charge

Play reading

Free up to 12 weeks

Overdue charge after 12 weeks

20p per item per day

Performance sets

£12 for 12 weeks

Overdue charge after 12 weeks

70p per set per day

Reading group sets

Hire charges for reading group sets

Reading group setsSubscription charge effective from 1 January 2018

Annual subscription

£50 per group for up to 12 sets (10 copies of a title) per annum for 8 week loan period.

Reservation fees


Music sets

£2 per set

Drama sets

£1 per set

For material supplied from outside the LibrariesWest area

£10 per item

For items in stock in a LibrariesWest library if you collect from any Christchurch or Highcliffe libraries

Free - donations of £1 are welcome


Printing fees for Christchurch and Highcliffe libraries:

Printing from public access computersCharges

Black and white A4 per page

Colour A4 per page 50p
Black and white A3 (where available) per page 20p
Colour A3 (where available) per page £1


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