Charges

Most library services are free, there are some services where there is a small charge. There are fines for any items which are not renewed or returned on or before the due date. If you have any queries, please contact libraryinfo@lutonculture.com.

Renewals

To renew items, visit any library in Luton with your library card, or renew online. You will need your library card and PIN.

If someone else is waiting for an item you have borrowed, it cannot be renewed and you must return it as soon as possible. You can renew items up to a maximum of 5 times, then they must be returned to a library.

Reserving books

If the book you want is in stock in any Luton or London Libraries Consortium library, you can reserve it free of charge (if you are notified by email), by visiting or phoning any Luton library, or via the online catalogue. If you prefer to have a letter notification when your book comes in, you will be charged 60p per item.

From 15 August 2016, you will no longer automatically receive printed reservation notices. If you received letters before, you will not get them after 15 August unless you inform us that you would like to still receive them. Notices sent by email will continue to be free. If you wish to receive letters a charge of £1 will be added to your account. Please note that if you have more than 7 items overdue or awaiting collection you will receive multiple notices, charged at £1 per notice.

You can manage your library account at Luton Libraries Online or download our app

Printing from computers

There is a charge for printing from the public computers - 15p for each A4 black and white, and 40p for A4 colour.

Photocopier charges

We charge 15p for A4 copies, and 40p for A3 copies. This is black and white copies only, there is no colour copying available.

Charges for borrowing CDs, DVDs and Audiobooks

CDs cost £1.60 (£1.00 concessions) for a three week loan. If you keep CDs overdue you will be charged a repeat fee for each week or part week.
DVDs cost £2.10 (£1.60 concessions) for a one week loan. If you keep DVDs overdue you will be charged a repeat fee for each week or part week.

Audiobooks are free to borrow for children, retired customers and customers with disabilities. For other customers they cost £1.60 for a three week loan.

Fax charges

You may send or receive a fax at most Luton Libraries. The charges are detailed below:

Fax charges First Page Subsequent Pages
Freephone  25p 25p
Local calls (01582 + 0345) 60p 30p
Rest of UK   £1.20 60p
Europe/North America £1.80 90p
Rest of the world  £3.50 £1.76
Premium numbers 25p + £1.50 per minute    
Cruise ships  25p + £6.50 per minute   
Incoming faxes £1.25 25p

Daily Fines - Books/ Audiobooks and Language Courses

To avoid paying fines, renew or return your items online before the due date. You will need your library card and PIN. You can also renew by telephoning any Luton library during normal opening hours. 

25p per book per day for adults
15p per day concessions
Children under 16 years do not pay fines. 16 and 17 year olds pay the concessionary rate.

The account limit is £12.00. If you have large fines on your account your membership may be suspended, but we are happy to discuss arrangements to pay off fines, which can include paying them in small instalments. Please speak to a member of staff.

From 15 August 2016, you will no longer automatically receive printed overdue notices. If you received letters before, you will not get them after 15 August unless you inform us that you would like to still receive them. Notices sent by email will continue to be free. If you wish to receive letters a charge of £1 will be added to your account. Please note that if you have more than 7 items overdue or awaiting collection you will receive multiple notices, charged at £1 per notice.

You can manage your library account at Luton Libraries Online or download our app

Lost and damaged items

Please speak to a member of staff about any lost or damaged items on your account.

Lost library cards

We make a charge for replacing lost or damaged library cards - £2.00 for adults, 70p for anyone on concessions.