Libraries have re-opened for pre-booked computer sessions, returning borrowed items and collecting new requested items, but not browsing shelves. Items borrowed after 15 October have had loan dates extended to 1 May. Go to coronavirus (COVID-19) safety.
Library fees and charges
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.
- 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
|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|
|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
|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
|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
|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|