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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 for lost or damaged items.


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Lost or damaged item processing fees in addition to replacement costs Amount each item
Book $15
Makerspace kit $15
Musical instrument and equipment $15 
GoChip Beam $15 
Video game console $15 
Periodical $7 
CD, DVD, audio book, other $15
Language learning kit $15
Toys $15
Makerspace kits replacement costs Amount
BBC micro:bit Go $23 
Circuit Scribe $125
Edison $90
Honeycomb music kit $110 
Little Bits KORG Synth Kit $226 
Makey Makey $80
Ozobot Bit 2.0 $122
Snap Circuits $80
Sphero SPRK+ edition $150
Replacement costs for other items Amount
GoChip Beam $140
Atari Flashback 8 Gold HD $140
Sega Mega Drive Flashback HD $133
Nintendo Entertainment System $123
Super Nintendo Entertainment System $143
C64 Mini $167
Acoustic guitar
Art & Lutherie ART610 CW Qit Dreasnought Acoustic Electrical Guitar
Classical guitar
La Patrie Arena Flame Maple Classical Cutaway
Electric guitar
Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster 50s
Electric bass
Squier Vintage Modified Jazz Bass 70s
Keyboard controller
AKAI MPK Mini Mk2 Portable Key and Pad USB MIDI Controller
Bass amplifier
Mark Bass CMD JB Player School Jeff Berlin
Electric guitar amplifier
Fender Blues Junior IV Amplifier Black

Join the library

Membership is free for NSW residents. Complete the online application form and enjoy borrowing up to 30 items for 3 weeks.