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Library charges


  • membership is free
  • no membership is needed to use library materials within the library, or for services like photocopying

Replacement library card

  • a replacement card will cost £3 (your first card is free) or £1.50 for children and over 60s. If you have lost your card and need your library number, please get in touch with us

Loan charges

Though books and audio books can be borrowed for free, we charge for some loan services:

  • Talking books: free per 3 weeks
    • overdue charge for adults: 14p per day
    • overdue charge for children and over 60s: 9p per day
    • renewal charge: free per 3 weeks


  • Stockport libraries – free of charge

Photocopies and computer print outs

  • A4 black and white: 10p per sheet
  • A3 black and white: 15p per sheet
  • A4 colour: 50p per sheet
  • A3 colour: £1 per sheet
  • A4 microform print outs: 80p
  • A3 microform print outs: £1.60 per sheet

Internet use

  • internet is free of charge

Lost items

  • lost book or other item – full replacement cost plus £5 or £2.50 concessionary rate


Did you know there are a variety of ways to renew your Library items to ensure you do not pay overdue fines? 

You can now receive email reminders before your Library items become overdue. Please speak to a member of staff in your local Library.

Overdue items - fines and recharges

Overdue books:
  • children under 13 do not pay fines
  • 10p per day for young people aged 13 to 17
  • 20p per day for people aged 18 to 59
  • 10p per day for people over 60
  • visually impaired people do not pay fines
  • people with print related disability do not pay fines
How to pay your fine
  • fines can be paid at any of our libraries either at the welcome desk or via the RFID machines
  • we accept cash and cheques made payable to “SMBC Libraries”
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