Borrowing, loans and fines

Borrowing, loans and fines

Library closures

For information about library services and closures and services at this time, please visit the Coronavirus service disruptions and updates page.

Adults

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

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 libraries@rbkc.gov.uk.

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).

Library fines and charges