Library fees and charges

New library catalogue system

We're changing our system for ordering and renewing library items. While we make the change, you won't be able to access our library catalogue online or in any library from Tuesday 6 April to Wednesday 21 April. For more details, go to new library catalogue system.

Library item charges

In Thurrock:

  • it is free to join the library
  • it is free to borrow books
  • it is free to request items from our catalogue using online self-service

You won't be allowed to use your library card if you owe £3 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