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Changes to library service charges

Published
03.01.2018

For the first time since 2014, Gloucestershire Libraries has made changes to their charges for the service.

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An annual review by the county council identified a need to make changes to library fees to make sure a high quality service continues.

From Monday 8th January, non-members of the library will have to pay £1.00 per hour of use on the public access computers, up to a maximum booking time of two hours.

Use of public access PCs will remain free for library members who live, work or study in Gloucestershire including vulnerable groups such as homeless people or job seekers. 

We always have friendly trained staff available to advise visitors on how to use our many services and help you get online. We also offer free Wi-Fi access which is available to all visitors using their own devices.

Library charges are reviewed each year, and we haven’t made any changes since June 2014. Membership to Gloucestershire libraries remains free and services such as computer use and book hire are free to members.

One service the libraries offer is the hire of music scores and drama sets to performing groups. This is a non-statutory offer, but is valued by those in the music community. To help make sure that the service can continue a small increase, ranging from £2.00 to £5.00 depending on what is being borrowed, is being introduced.

Following feedback from members, the cost of a replacement library card has been cut. Members will now only have to pay £1.00 (adults) or 50p (children), which is a reduction of 50p.

There are no increases being made to DVD or CD hire, photocopying and printing, Inter-Library loan fees or reservations.

These changes reflect charging structures at many other local authorities. They will apply to all libraries throughout Gloucestershire, including community libraries.

No changes are being made to the membership policy, or the process for joining the library.

Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member responsible for libraries, said: “Although some library charges will increase, some are being reduced and others will stay the same.

“Any money that comes into the service through charges or fines will be reinvested into the service so that we can continue to offer a high quality experience to visitors.”

For more information on the changes, please visit: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/libraries/activities-and-services-in-libraries/library-charges/