Library fees and charges

East Tilbury, Grays and Blackshots libraries

East Tilbury library will be closed all day on Saturday 16 October. Grays library will close at 5pm on Thursday 21 October. Blackshots library will be closed all day on Saturday 23 October. We apologise for any inconvenience.

You can still order and renew library items online or use libraries order and collect to ask our staff to choose items.

Library item charges

It is free to join the library, borrow books or request items from our catalogue using online self-service.

Fees and charges may apply for other services.

You won't be allowed to use your library card if you owe £10 or more – check our fines.

Loans and renewals

Item Charge For
Requests from the Thurrock and Essex County Council library catalogue free per item
Requests from other library catalogues £7.65 per item
Requests from the British Library £24.25 per item
British Library loan renewals £5.30 per item
DVD £1 1 week
CD £1 1 week
Spoken word on CD – adults £3.05 3 weeks
Spoken word on CD – children free 3 weeks
Language course – single item £1.50 3 weeks
Language course – multiple set £3.60 12 weeks

Items borrowed from other authorities, including all CD-ROMs, will be charged at their rate.

Damaged and lost items

Item Charge For
Lost or damaged adult books for which no current value can be traced £30 per item
Lost or damaged children's books for which no current value can be traced £20 per item
Lost book wallets £1.60 per item
Lost DVD, CD or insert full cost per item
Lost case for DVD or CD £2.10 per item

Items for sale

Item Charge For
Sale items – hardback book 50p per item
Sale items – paperback book 25p per item
Sale items – music CDs 50p per item
Sale items – spoken word on CD £1 per item

Lost membership cards

Item Charge For
Lost membership cards – adults £2.60 first replacement
Lost membership cards – adults £3.10 second and next replacements
Lost membership cards – children free first replacement
Lost membership cards – children £2.60 second and next replacements

Other charges and ways to pay

For details of other charges, library fines and payment online, go to: