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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.
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We are aware that a number of residents have received a text messages that says it is from Lewisham Crime Enforcement, telling the person they have outstanding fines and to click on a link and pay immediately.


If you receive a text message, please ignore and report to www.actionfraud.police.uk. 

Charges for overdue items (per item)

Charges and reservation fees can only be paid in Lewisham, Deptford and Downham libraries (we are temporarily unable to take payments so please speak to a member of staff if you have fees or fines to pay).

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)
DVDs Repeat hire fee per loan period (maximum £18)

Charges for reserving specific items

Charges for reserving specific items
Standard reservation charge 50p

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

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

Hiring library meeting rooms

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


Library Service

London Borough Of Lewisham Third Floor, Laurence House, 1 Catford Road, London, SE6 4RU