Not quite finished that book?

Are you loving your latest read? The final tantalising chapter beckoning, but you know your return date is looming. Now there’s no need to worry. From the 29 December, those bringing books back late will no longer have to pay a fine.

With the cold weather and darker nights, there’s nothing better than settling down with a great read.

Cllr Turner, Portfolio Holder, Corporate for Kirklees Council said:

“We have taken the decision to no longer collect fines for overdue books. The Council feels that fines affect the most vulnerable in our communities and prevent people accessing library services.

We are committed to constantly innovate and look at new and exciting ways to deliver our library service, and the removal of library fines demonstrates this commitment to innovate, and our desire to have the best service we can for our residents.”

He added:

“We want our libraries to be as inclusive as possible and a place for learning and enjoyment.”

Key facts

  • Library books can be loaned for 3 weeks at a time
  • Books can be renewed up to 3 times without staff seeing them and if they are not reserved anyone else.
  • Customers can renew online, by phone, on a self-serve machine in any library or by asking a member of staff
  • A regular member can borrow up to 15 items at a time.  Groups can borrow more and for longer depending on the group.
  • EBooks are loaned for 3 weeks and customers can have 15 items on loan at any one time.  They do not become overdue as they are automatically returned after 21 day unless they are renewed.

Want to know more?

Discover your nearest library by visiting the Kirklees Libraries website here.


  • Hi Carol, all library memberships need to be renewed every 3 years. We have renewed them all automatically in the past but because of GDPR we now have to check that people’s details are correct before they are renewed. We are in the process of updating our systems so this information will be available for customers to view. You can contact any library to renew your membership. ^EMT

  • I returned 3 books 3 days late. There was no fine, as you say however when I try to reserve more books I am told ‘privilege has expired’. This is meaningless. I have searched FAQ but found nothing.
    It’s not really progress if late returners are barred from ever borrowing books again!

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