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Books borrowed from the library are usually loaned free of charge. Other items such as CDs and DVDs can be borrowed for a small charge for each weekly loan period. There are also charges for other services such as staff research and reserving items.
The library charges explained on this page are:
If you are a member of North Yorkshire's libraries, you can use the computers for free for the first half hour (one hour free for those aged 17 years or under) per day, after which the following charges apply:
Annual subscription for using library computers
If you need assistance with printing, please ask a member of staff to help you.
You can renew books at any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week by using our online renewals service or by telephoning 0845 034 9583 and following the instructions.
For both of the renewal methods above, you will need to enter your library card number and PIN to proceed. After five unseen renewals, books must be brought back to the library to be renewed. For more ways to renew your items, see the libraries - loan renewals page.
Borrowing books from North Yorkshire libraries is free; however fines will be incurred if books are returned after the stated due date.
There are no fines for overdue audio books, CDs and DVDs,as they are hired on a per-loan basis. If you keep the items past the return date you will be charged for additional loan periods until you return them.
For more details and a full list of fines, see the libraries - fines page.
There will be charges for all lost or damaged stock. For a full list, see the charges for lost or damage stock page.
The charges below apply to library and mobile library stock ordered from North Yorkshire County Council library and information services.
Books and periodicals
Requests for books, journals or periodicals (including individual articles) obtained from outside North Yorkshire County Council library stock will be subject to an additional charge of £10 per item (no concessionary rate).
Audio books, CDs, DVDs, language courses
These exemptions refer only to the exempt persons themselves and not to their families or representatives. Individuals will need to show proof, for example, a letter or payment book.
Where a requested item cannot be supplied, the reader may make a further reservation free of charge.
For more details on reserving library stock, see the libraries - reserving books and other items page.
Where staff are required to undertake copying, printing or scanning, there will be a handling charge of £7.50. This will include administration, first class postage and up to ten copies of the photocopies/printouts or three copies of the microfilm or microfiche reader printouts.
Additional copies will be charged at the appropriate rate and this price will be added to the basic handling charge.
More extensive research
For more details on the research service, see the libraries - information services page.
Please look after your library card. If you lose your card, the first replacement is free but after that there is a £1.50 charge for a replacement.
An annual reading group subscription of £25 will come into effect from 7 May 2013. This entitles groups to request up to ten sets (up to ten copies of a title), subject to availability. For your benefit, titles should be requested a minimum of two months in advance of the meeting date.
Library charges - frequently asked questions