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Library Fees and Charges

Overdue items

Fines are charged on all items returned late. Library fees and charges are adopted by Council and recorded in the City’s Schedule of Fees and Charges. You can view a list of fees on the Library fees and charges link below.

Reminders are sent for overdue items

Members who have registered their email address with the library will be sent a reminder on the day items are due. This provides the opportunity for items to be returned or renewed before accruing fines. If you would like to receive your notices via email, please complete the online form linked below.

Printed notices are mailed to members with no listed email address when items are one week overdue.

It is the member's responsibility to ensure their items are returned on or before the due date to avoid being charged overdue fines.

Invoices will be sent for very overdue items

Items which remain outstanding four weeks past their due date will be invoiced to the member. Debts which remain outstanding may invoke legal action and summons to court. Unpaid debts for outstanding library items may affect credit ratings.

Lost and damaged items

Members are responsible for items borrowed.

Any damage to, or loss of an item while on loan will incur a replacement charge. For more information on why we charge for lost and damaged items please see the linked flyer below.

If you borrow an item from one of our libraries and notice it has been damaged, please report it to library staff immediately, to minimise the fees that may be applied.

Damaged item fees - why we charge what we charge

Public library buildings, their fittings, and their staff are provided by local councils, however, the actual stock is almost all purchased and provided by the State Library of Western Australia.

This means all stock is the property of the State Government and as the legal owners, the State Library of Western Australia has its own charging standards for the loss or damage of its property.

Local councils must pay for any loss or damage occurring to State Government property whilst held in their libraries. Councils recoup these charges from those library members responsible for such loss or damage.

Some examples of damages for which the State Library will charge us include:

  • Sticky tape and home repairs
  • Scratched or cracked discs
  • Cut or torn pages
  • Stains to pages caused by food or drink
  • Water damage
  • Missing or damaged dust jackets
  • Scribble on pages
  • Damage caused by family pets
  • Removal or defacing of library barcodes

A 10% tax (GST) levied by the Australian Government may also apply.

If an item in your care is lost or damaged, it is advisable to notify staff immediately in order that minimum charges can be applied. If an item is returned without notifying staff of the damage, an account will be issued to you and you may incur an Administration Charge which applies when our accounts officers are required to recover costs.

Should you discover that a damaged item has been issued to you, the onus is on you to notify library staff immediately to avoid being charged for the damage as the last borrower.

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