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Library charges

Most library services are free, but there are charges for hiring some items, such as films on DVD, talking books and music CDs.

Overdue charges

  • the daily charge for books borrowed on an adult library card is 20p per day overdue
  • there are no overdue charges for books borrowed on a child's library card
  • any item can be returned to any Dorset library, or to any library in the LibrariesWest area
  • the overdue charge is applied on the basis that libraries are open six days a week. It is not possible for the system to recognise the varied pattern of each of the county libraries' opening hours (without creating difficulties in processes such as issuing, reserving or returning books)
  • books can be renewed, however, books requested by another customer cannot be renewed

There are many ways to avoid overdue charges

Renewals can be made:

Hire periods

  • DVDs - 1 week hire period
  • talking books - 3 weeks hire period
  • music CDs - 1 week hire period

Charges are made per hire period.  The hire charges are listed on this page.

You will be asked for the hire payment at the point of checkout.

Courtesy reminders by email

To help you manage your library account, you can sign up for emails to alert you that items on loan will soon be due for return. To sign up for email alerts go to our  library catalogue page.

Overdue notifications

Overdue notifications will be sent by email as this is a convenient and cost effective way to contact you. Sign up for an email alert

Replacement membership cards

Lost membership cards can be replaced at your local library for a charge of £2.

Hire charges


Hire charge

Adult talking books


Music CDs


Premium DVDs (new titles)


Standard DVDs


Information DVDs and other children's


Language courses



Music sets

Hire charges


£12 for up to 40 copies for 12 week loan period

Late or incomplete return


From 1 February 2018 
Music SetsHire Charge
Vocal Scores£1 per copy for up to 12 weeks loan
Orchestral Sets£35 per orchestral set for up to 12 weeks loan
Late or incomplete return£20


Drama sets

Hire charge

Play reading

Free up to 12 weeks

Overdue charge after 12 weeks

20p per item per day

Performance sets

£12 for 12 weeks

Overdue charge after 12 weeks

70p per set per day


Reading Group sets

Subscription charge effective from 1 January 2018

Annual subscription

£50 per group for up to 12 sets (10 copies of a title) per annum for 8 week loan period.


Reservation fees for reserved items collected from any Dorset Library



Music sets

£2 per set

Drama sets

£1 per set

For material supplied from outside the LibrariesWest area

£10 per item

For items in stock in a LibrariesWest library if you collect from any Dorset library

Free - donations of £1 are welcome

Overdue charges

Overdue charges: books


Borrowed on an adult card

20p per day

Maximum overdue charge


For children

No charge



Printing from public access computers


Black and white A4 per page

Colour A4 per page50p
Black and white A3 (where available) per page20p
Colour A3 (where available) per page£1.00


Please remember there are many ways to renew your books.

For lost/damaged material, a replacement cost will be advised by staff.

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