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Date updated: 7/06/2022
Please note that we will be reinstating a limit of seven renewals on all items from 1 June. From that time, any items that already been renewed seven times will need to be returned to the library by their due date.
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Most things are free in our lending libraries but there are small charges for borrowing CDs and non-documentary DVDs. These are charged when you first take out an item and each time you renew it.

 
Adults Amount Length of loan Loan and renewal charges
Adult books and music scores Twelve Three weeks Free
Children's books Eight Three weeks Free
eBooks Eight Three weeks Free
eAudio books Ten Three weeks Free
CDs Twelve One week
Three weeks
55p per item or boxed set
£1.65 per item or boxed set
DVDs Six One week

New releases: £2.75
All other DVDs: £1.50 per DVD/£3.50 per box set
Children's DVDs: £1.
Educational DVDs: no loan or renewal charges

 
Children Amount Length of loan Loan and renewal charges
Children's books,
spoken-word recordings
Twelve Three weeks Free
Adult's books Four Three weeks Free
eBooks Four Three weeks Free
 
Books, CDs, and Spoken Word Recordings 25p per item per day Children and Young Adults do not incur overdue charges on books
DVD new releases and box sets £1 per day  
All other DVDs 25p per day  
Postal reminder letters 39p Charge incurred per reminder letter
(no charge for default email notice)
Lost library cards £2 - adults
£1 - children
 

Please note: you will not be able to renew items if your account has £20 or more in outstanding charges or charges of any amount which have been outstanding for 2 or more months.

 
Item Amount More information
Self-service/online reservations £1 per item Place reservations on items we already have in the library collection
Staff assisted reservations £1.50 per item

Place a reservation in the library with a member of staff or place a reservation for an item we don't own in the library collection (not possible for CDs and DVDs)

 
Item Paper size Cost
Black and white A4 10p per page
Black and white A3 20p per page
Colour A4 50p per page
Colour A3 £1 per page

Please note: you will not be able to renew items if your account has £20 or more in outstanding charges or charges of any amount which have been outstanding for 2 or more months. For more information on loans and charges see the Barbican and Community Libraries Information Sheet below.

Barbican and Community Libraries Information Sheet (320 KB)
Date submitted: 13/04/22
City of London Public Library Byelaws PDF (80KB)
Date submitted: 3/01/20