Information and charges

The standard loan period for books and 'talking books' is 21 days. There is a charge on each overdue item, according to the ticket used (there is no charge for non-opening days). All borrowers aged 18 and over who hold adult tickets are liable for adult charges.

To avoid incurring overdue charges, renew your loans before they become overdue, or on the day they are due.


  • From first overdue day = 12p per item per day to the maximum charge of £6.00 per item


  • From first overdue day = 1p per item per day to the maximum charge of £1.50 per item

Multimedia hire is charged per week

  • DVD (New releases upto 12 months old) : £2.50
  • DVD (Titles 12 months and older) : £1.50
  • Active Choices card holders receive a 40% discount on multimedia 

Any multimedia items returned late will incur a re-hire charge for a further week. Outstanding multimedia charges have to be paid in full before further multimedia items can be borrowed.

Libraries users can reserve books free of charge at any Sefton Library, as long as the books are held within the Sefton Library Service Stock.

  • A charge of £4.20 will be made where an item has to be supplied by inter-library loan - such as from another library service
  • A charge of £15 per set will be made for reservations of music scores (vocal scores and orchestral sets).

People's Network computers are free to use for up to 2 hours per day. There is a charge for printing which is:

  • A4 page [black & white]: £0.10
  • A3 page [black & white]: £0.25
  • A4 page [colour]: £0.15
  • A4 page [black & white]: £0.10
  • A3 page [black & white]: £0.25
  • A4 page [colour]: £0.15
  • A3 page [colour]: £0.25
  • microfilm/microfiche [to A4] : £0.50
  • microfilm/microfiche [to A3] : £1.00

Reproduction fee per local history item:

  • Personal use : £4.00
  • Print : £18.50
  • Radio/TV/video/etc. : £45.00    

Research fee [consult local history staff] per 2 hours: £33.00

Replacement library card: £1.30

Administration charge for lost or damaged items: £1.10 plus cost of the item

Commercial sales: one-third commission [ask for further details]

Hire of display space per week: negotiable plus 25% commission on sales [ask staff for further details]

Hire of library premises per hour :

  • Crosby Library meeting room : £20.00
  • Formby Library meeting room : £20.00
  • Other spaces : from £10.00
  • Residents who receive the Home Visit Library Service are exempt from overdue charges on books and 'talking books'. 
  • Heirs and executors of deceased borrowers are exempt from overdue charges on books, 'talking books' and multimedia items on loan or on hire to that borrower; and from charges in that borrower's account.

Last Updated on Thursday, February 10, 2022

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