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].
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