Due to changes in the cost of sending items via Royal Mail, postal loans will now cost £3.95 for small parcels weighing up to 2kg, first class.

Small parcels have a maximum size of 160mm x 450mm x 350mm, which is generally large enough to contain two or three library books, depending on their size. The new prices reflect a reduction in the cost of sending heavier parcels and a slight increase in the cost of sending lighter small parcels (previously £3.70 per parcel).

Thinner books may be sent as large letters, which cost £2.30 up to 500g and £3.20 up to 750g.