Coming soon the Torbay Libraries website will be moving to

You'll still be able to find all the usual information, from events and activities at your local library to books, eBooks and eMagazines. The catalogue will still work in the same way, but some of the pages will have an exciting new look.

Book time on a computer

We are currently moving to a new booking system for using a computer in our libraries: during this time we will be unable to accept bookings online. Our new booking system will be available early August: in the meantime, please contact your local library if you wish to make a booking.

Borrower Charge per item
Adult 20p per day (maximum £4.00)
Over 65 15p per day (maximum £1.80)
16 - 17 6p per day (maximum £1.08)
Under 16 EXEMPT
Charge for each final account letter inc. VAT* £1.00

Music CDs and DVDs are hired for an initial period of 1 week. Some items are free to borrow. Language courses are hired for an initial period of 3 weeks (6 weeks for special language sets).

Item Charge per item
Music CDs 50p
Language Courses £1.00
Audio Books Free Hire

Hire of Music and Play Sets

This facility is provided through joint arrangements with Devon and Plymouth library services. The cost of postage for this service is levied. Please ask a member of staff for details.

Duration Charge (including VAT)
Library members First hour FREE
Additional time per 30 mins £1
Non-library members £1 per 30 minutes
Printing - per A4 printout (monochrome) 10p
Printing - per A4 printout (colour) 50p

Storage devices are available to buy. Please ask staff for details.

Public access IT service
Terms and conditions

Residential Establishments

Residential establishments are charged on a sliding scale for the provision of a domiciliary library service. Please contact the Service Inclusion Coordinator at Torquay Central Library for further information on 01803 208294.

Charges shown include VAT.

Photocopies and printouts from microfilm, microfiche or computer terminal are charged by copy rather than by sheet.

SizeBlack and WhiteColour (where available)
A4 copy - Self Service 10p 50p
A3 copy - Self Service 20p 75p

Photographic work and digitisation

Charges for this work are based on the actual cost to Torbay Library Services plus an amount to cover staff time and administration. The whole charge is subject to VAT. Please ask staff for more details.

Reproduction rights and royalties

Torbay Library Services will allow reproduction for commercial publications or broadcasts of some material for which Torbay Council holds the copyright and for some material which is out of copyright and owned by the Council. Please ask staff for assistance.

DVDs are hired for an initial period of 1 week, at the following rates:

Item Hire charge for 1 week Charges beyond intial hire
Yellow label DVD £2.60 50p per day (maximum £6.00)
Blue label DVD £2.00 40p per day (maximum £4.80)
White label DVD FREE 20p per day (maximum £2.40)

Where the lost or damaged item has been added to Torbay Libraries stock within the last three years, the original cost of the item - if known - will be charged. Otherwise, a sliding scale of charges, based on the standard replacement cost and the age of the item, will be applied. A re-binding charge may also be applied to damaged items where appropriate.

For inter-library loans the cost of replacement/damaged item is set by the loaning library.

Refunds will not be given for items that have been lost for over one month.

Borrower Torbay (for items in stock or on order) External
Adult 60p £4.00*
Adult - Renewal N/A £2.20
Child Exempt N/A

* The reservation charge is payable once the request has been ordered.

Pages Charge inc. VAT
First page within UK £1.00
Subsequent pages within UK 75p each
First page outside UK £2.00
Subsequent pages outside UK £1.00 each
Receipts (A4) 50p per page