Shropshire Council

Prices and PINS

Forgotten library PIN?

If you have an e-mail address registered with us, you can reset your PIN using the 'Forgot Pin' option on the log on page of the online library catalogue. Otherwise, please contact your local libraryAlternatively, email with your membership number and a member of staff can renew your books and get back to you with your PIN.

Pay a charge

You can settle all or part of your account by cash or cheque in any Shropshire library.

Check your account balance

To find out if you have an outstanding balance on your account simply log in using your 12 digit library card number and PIN.



Item Standard
membership fee
membership fee
Books Free Free
Audiobooks £2.95 Free
Children's audiobooks Free Free
Language courses £2.95 Free
Sets of vocal scores* £1.20 per score N/A
Sets of play scripts* £1.20 per script N/A
Orchestral sets* £26.50 per set N/A

Standard loan period is three weeks, or two weeks for mobile libraries.

* These charges apply to music and drama sets obtained from other authorities and are charged in addition to the inter-library loan fee. There's no charge for the loan of sets from Shropshire Libraries stock.

Computer use

Use of the library computers is free for up to two hours a day for members; guest users are charged £1.40 for up to two hours a day.

Printing and Photocopying

Please note, charges may vary where the printing/photocopying service is provided by a partner organisation.

Prices are per sheet:
Black and white                A4 – 22p, A3 – 33p
Colour                             A4 – 55p, A3 – 77p

Overdue charges

Books and maps

  • 25p per day for standard members; maximum charge of £5 per book.
  • No charge to concessionary members
  • No charge to children on children's books

Music and drama sets

£24 for any set or part of a set returned to the library overdue. Remember, sets can be issued for an agreed period after the last performance to enable the copies to be collected together.

Other items (audiobooks, language courses)

  • Equivalent to subsequent hire charges for the period overdue. Maximum charge of £10 per item
  • No charge to concessionary members
  • No charge to children for children’s audiobooks


  • £1.10. Free for fiction in other languages.


Free for children, full time students under 19 and concessionary members. Child-minders, home educators, foster carers, volunteer reading helpers, family learning tutors and early years childcare providers may request children’s books free of charge.

Requests, including periodical articles

If a book or periodical article is not in stock and either out of print or not suitable to purchase for stock it will cost £22 to obtain it via the inter-library loan scheme. Requests for periodical articles are at a discounted rate of £17.


If items are required in an alternative format by concessionary members there will be no charge. Please be aware that some formats may not be available.

Reading groups

There is a fixed annual fee of £50 for a reading group to reserve and borrow up to 12 sets of books for their group. The sets will be delivered to a library of choice.

Replacement charges

Items lost while on loan are charged at the current cost of the item, plus binding if applicable, and an administrative charge of £1. For damaged items the charge is the cost of replacement or repair.

A replacement library membership card will be £1.65.


  • Charges are not made for items damaged while on loan to children under 5
  • Children in foster care or in the care of Shropshire Council are not charged for lost or damaged items
  • Children with additional needs are not charged for lost or damaged items

Loss or damage to parts of music and drama sets; if parts are lost or damaged or if there's an unreasonable delay the borrower will be required to supply replacement copies and pay binding charges.