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Library charges and fines

See how much is charged for overdue items (apart from digital items for which there are no overdue charges) and for other services available at our libraries.
Libraries services

Limited services are available at Hub and Community Libraries due to COVID-19 restrictions. Find out more about changes to our library service.

We are keeping COVID-secure measures in place across our buildings to protect our staff, residents and visitors

Please continue to wear a face covering if you can and maintain social distance in our buildings. This includes our libraries, leisure centres and learning centres.

You can read the Government's current COVID-19 guidlines on its website.

Charges for overdue items (per item)

Charges and reservation fees can only be paid in Lewisham, Deptford and Downham libraries.

Charges for overdue items (per item)
Standard overdue charge
(customers aged 14-59)
20p per day (maximum £10)
Senior citizens (over-60s) 10p per day (maximum £5)
Videos, CD ROMs and DVDs Repeat hire fee per loan period (maximum £18)

Charges for reserving specific items

Charges for reserving specific items
Standard reservation charge 50p
Item reserved from the British Library (apart from articles) £15.40
Article reserved from the British Library £15.40 + cost of printing

Charges for lost items

Charges for lost items
Lost stock  Current cost of item
Lost library card £1

Charges for specific loan services

Charges for specific loan services
Loan of single CDs £1.25 each
Loan of CD sets £1.25 each
Loan of DVDs £3
Loan CD-ROMs £1.25
Loan of Playstation games £3 (PS2)

Charges for other services


Black and white A4 10p 
Black and white A3 15p
Colour A4 50p
Colour A3 £1
Homework support for children Free (up to three black and white A4 copies)


Black and white 10p
Colour 50p

Use of PCs – free

Scanning – free


Pen 15p
Pencil 10p
A4 plain paper 5p
A3 plain paper 10p
Magnifying sheet £2
USB 4GB memory sticks (where available) £8.50

Hiring library accommodation

Each branch has meeting rooms that can be booked out. We particularly welcome community groups.


Library Service

London Borough Of Lewisham Third Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU
Telephone: 0208 314 8024
Email: libraries@lewisham.gov.uk