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. A fee for lost or damaged items will apply. The fee includes the cost of the item in addition to a processing fee for each item as listed below.

Members can pay their fees and penalties at any staffed library branch.


City of Sydney Library02 9242 8555
Lost or damaged item processing fees Amount each item
Book $15
Makerspace kit $15
Periodical $7 
CD, DVD, audio book, other $15
Language learning kit $15
Toys $15
Makerspace kits replacement costs Amount
Circuit Scribe $125
Edison $90
Makey Makey $80
Ozobot Bit 2.0 $122
Snap Circuits $80
Sphero SPRK+ edition $150

Last updated: Thursday, 16 November 2017