Borrowing, loans and fines


Once you join the library you can borrow up to 25 items. This can include a combination of:

  • 15 books for three weeks
  • eight audio items for three weeks
  • two language courses for six weeks
  • three DVDs for one week


Children can borrow up to 16 items once they have a library card. This can include a combination of:

  • 12 books for three weeks
  • four audio items for three weeks
  • two language courses for six weeks
  • three DVDs for one week

How much does it cost?

Borrowing books is free.

There is a charge for:

  • borrowing CD, DVDs and language courses
  • other services such as reproducing pictures from our archive

You may be free from some charges or entitled to concessions. Ask a member of staff or email us to find out [email protected].

Overdue items

If you registered your email with us, we'll send you a reminder email a couple of days before the due date.

If you don't return your items on time, we'll send you an overdue notice:

  • first overdue notice: 14 days after due date
  • second overdue notice: 36 days after due date

The charge for posting overdue notices is £1 (£0.40 for under 18s).

Log into your account to view your library fines and charges online. Fines and charges can be paid online with a debit or credit card, click the 'Pay Selected' button in the Charges tab in My Account. A receipt will be emailed to you. Fines and charges can also be paid in the library.

Library fines and charges

Kensington and Chelsea concessions

  • Customers who are under 12 - Exempt from all charges except for DVDs.
  • Customers between the ages of 12-15 years, 60+ and registered disabled - Free loan of audio and spoken word.
  • Customers who are receiving benefits - Concessionary rates for audio, spoken word and language courses.
  • Home Library Service users - Exempt from all charges.
  • RBKC staff - Kensington and Chelsea staff - Concessionary rates for audio, spoken word, language courses and DVDs.

Loans are free and all items may be renewed up to eight times (unless reserved)

Overdue charges
  Charges from 1 April 2023
Book/Audio fines £0.25
Book/Audio fines 16-17 yrs £0.10
Book/Audio fines under 16 No charge
Charge for posting overdue notices Under 18 £0.40

SMS Text notices

(notices sent by email will remain free of charge)

Free of charge
Email notices Free of charge
Maximum overdue fine limit 18+ £10.00
Maximum overdue fine limit 16-17yrs £2.00
Replacement Membership Cards
  Prices from 1 April 2023
Replacement Library Card £3.30
Replacement Library card under 16s £1.10
  Prices from 1 Arpil 2023
Reservation £1.00
Reservations - concessions £0.60
Reservations - 16-17 yrs £0.60
Reservations - children under 16


All of the above for holdings in in our shared catalogue with Westminster libraries or via Inter-Library Loans

Reservations – Kensington and Chelsea staff No charge
British Library loan - books, Inter Library Loan outside UK, or Interlibrary Loan via academic institutions £25.65
British Library loan - periodical article No charge
Periodical article No charge
Periodical article - concessions No charge
Sound recordings
  Prices from 1 April 2023
CD single or set £1.10
CD single or sets (concessions U12/12-15/60+/Disabled) Free
CDs single or sets (concessions -people receiving benefits, Kensington and Chelsea staff) £0.40
Reservation for music sound recordings Free
Language courses
  Prices from 1 April 2023
Language course on cassette/CD £2.75
Language course on cassette/CD - English courses only including concessions Free
Language Course cassette/CD (concessions – people receiving benefits , Kensington and Chelsea staff) £1.25
Language Courses on CD-ROM £2.75
Language Courses on DVD £2.50
Language Courses on DVD (Kensington and Chelsea staff) £2.25
English Language courses on DVD Free
Online language courses £6.75
Audiobooks and DVD
  Prices from 1 April 2023
Talking Books (3 weeks) £1.10
Talking books (concessions -people receiving benefits, Kensington and Chelsea staff) £0.55
DVD (hire) New release £2.75
Feature DVDs £2.20
Children's DVDs non feature £1.10
Children's DVD features + Feature films U £1.10
DVD boxed sets £2.75
Printing, photocopying and internet
  Prices from 1 April 2023
Photocopies (per side) B/W A4 £0.25
Photocopies (per side) B/W A4 (Staff assisted) £0.50
Photocopies (per side) B/W A3 £0.50
Photocopies (per side) B/W A3 (Staff assisted) £0.75
Photocopies (per side) Colour A4 £0.90
Photocopies (per side) Colour A4 (Staff assisted) £1.25
Photocopies (per side) Colour A3 (Staff assisted) £2.00
Printing - A4 Black & White £0.25
Printing - A3 Black & White £0.50
Printing - A4 Colour £1.20
Printing - A3 Colour £1.65
Internet - Library members 1st hour Free

Subsequent hour (minimum charge 25p per charged booking).

You may be entitled to a concessionary waiver if you claim universal credit. 

Please speak to library staff for more details.

Filming within libraries
  Prices from 1 April 2023
Filming - standard library opening hours / per hour £175.00
Filming - out of hours / per hour £220.00
Parking £60.00
Lost items
  Prices from 1 April 2023
Lost Identifiable items inc DVDs Full replacement cost plus £10 administration charge
Damaged items Full replacement cost plus £10 administration charge
Lost unidentifiable Items £11.00
Items belonging to other institutions Full cost of recovery (including any penalty or administrative charge levied by the institution)
Local studies reproduction
  Prices from 1 April 2023
B&W £27.00
Books Colour £52.00
Books non profit B&W £8.00
Books non profit Colour £16.00
Book jackets B&W £80.00
Book jackets colour £160.00
Newspapers B&W £32.00
Newspapers colour £65.00
Postcards trade B&W £65.00
Postcards trade colour £135.00
Postcards charity B&W £33.00
Postcards charity colour £65.00
Posters and calendars B&W £130.00
Posters and calendars colour £260.00
Advertising B&W £86.00
Advertising Colour £170.00
TV/Film B&W £66.00
TV/Film colour £130.00
Specific enquiries including short enquiries £5.00
Census enquiries £4.50
Longer searches min 1 hour inc VAT per hour £21.00
Room and equipment hire

More information about library rooms and equipment hire can be found on our Venue hire page

Miscellaneous fees and charges

Community notice boards - £1.50 per advert per week

Last updated: 19 April 2023