About library fines and fees

Following a successful trial, we’re waiving fines for overdue loans until 30 June 2021.

As long as you return your overdue items, you won't be fined, no matter how overdue they are. 

If you have an overdue item or outstanding fee, your library membership will be temporarily suspended. Membership suspension means you won't be able to borrow from the library including the digital collection, download music from Freegal or use the computers and printers.

All suspensions are lifted once the overdue items are returned and any lost and inter-library loan fees are paid. Any overdue fines previously paid cannot be refunded.


You can check the details of your membership including whether you have any overdue items or outstanding fees at any time by logging into your online account

We’ll also send you a reminder 4 days before your items are due and on the due date. An overdue notice will be sent 1 week and then 28 days after the due date. If still not returned, the item will be marked as lost. Fees will apply.

Members can pay their fees and penalties at any staffed library branch. Please see the table below for a list of our charges.


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Item Fee
Lost items: Item cost + processing fee (below)
Cost + processing fee
Lost book processing fee
Lost periodical/other item processing fee
Each missing part of an audio book (CD/tape)
Each missing part of a language learning kit (CD/tape)

Last updated: Tuesday, 4 July 2017