Library Charges

Charges for Overdue and Lost Long-term Loan Items

There is no grace period for any items checked out from the Libraries.

The overdue charge for recalled items is $2.00 per day or partial day per item accruing to a maximum of $20.00 per item.

When a long-term loan item becomes 30 days overdue, it will be declared lost, and the borrower will be issued a lost item billing (Notice of Fine or Fee) that includes the cost of the item, a $20.00 processing fee, and when applicable, a $20.00 recall fine. Follow-up billings for any unpaid charges are issued weekly with the Statement of Fines and Fees notice.

From 31-60 days overdue, if the item is returned in good condition, all charges for that item (except a recall fine) will be forgiven.

After 60 days overdue, if the item is returned in good condition, ONLY the lost item charge is removed.

To avoid overdue recall charges, promptly respond to recall notices.

To avoid lost item billings, promptly renew or return items.

Charges for Overdue and Lost Short-term and Reserve Loan Items

Short-term and reserve loan items (ALL items checked out for two weeks or less) are not renewable via the Library Catalog and must be returned to the service desk from which they were checked out by the time due in order to avoid overdue charges.  There is no grace period; overdue charges accrue from the date and time due.  See Returning Library Materials for additional information.

As long as another user has not requested the item and the borrower is in good standing, s/he may return to the location from which the item was checked out in order to check it out again.  The borrower card and the item must be present in order to check out the item again.

Short-term Loans

Overdue charges for short-term loan materials are as follows:

  • Short-term loans of 1 to 14 days:  $2.00 per day (or partial day) per item, accruing to a maximum of $20.00 per item.
  • When a short-term loan item becomes 30 days overdue, it will be declared lost, and the borrower will be issued a lost item billing (Notice of Fine or Fee) that includes:  the cost of the item, a $20.00 processing fee, and the $20.00 maximum overdue charge.  Follow-up billings for any unpaid charges are issued weekly with the Statement of Fines and Fees notice.

From 31-60 days overdue, if the item is returned in good condition, all charges except the overdue fine will be forgiven. After 60 days overdue, if the item is returned in good condition, ONLY the lost item charge is removed.

Unpaid charges are transferred to the Bursar's Office for collection at 90 days after the original library billing date.

To avoid overdue and lost item charges, promptly return short-term loan items to the location from which they were checked out by the time due.

Reserve Loans

Overdue charges for Reserve loan materials are as follows:

  • Any loan period of 2 or 4 hours with or without overnight loan:  $1.00 per hour (or partial hour) per item, accruing to a maximum of $25.00 per item.
  • Reserve loans of 1 to 14 days:  $4.00 per day (or partial day) per item, accruing to a maximum of $25.00 per item.
  • When a short-term or reserve loan item becomes 10 days overdue, it will be declared lost, and the borrower will be issued a lost item billing (Notice of Fine or Fee) that includes:  the cost of the item, a $20.00 processing fee, and the $25.00 maximum overdue charge.


From 31-60 days overdue, if the item is returned in good condition, all charges except the overdue fine will be forgiven.

After 60 days overdue, if the item is returned in good condition, ONLY the lost item charge is removed.

Unpaid charges are transferred to the Bursar's Office for collection at 90 days after the original library billing date.

To avoid overdue and lost item charges, promptly return short-term and reserve loan items to the location from which they were checked out.

See also:  Charges for Overdue and Lost Library Equipment including Laptops, Headphones, and More

Charges for Overdue and Lost Recreational Reading Program Books

The overdue charge for recalled Recreational Reading books is $2.00 per day or partial day per item accruing to a maximum of $20.00 per item.

When a Recreational Reading book becomes 30 days overdue, it will be declared lost, and the borrower will be issued a lost item billing (Notice of Fine or Fee) for $25.00 per Recreational Reading book plus the $20.00 recall fine when applicable.  The Notice of Fine or Fee will list these charges as a $5.00 Lost Book Replacement charge, a $20.00 Processing Fee, and a $20.00 Recall Fine.  Follow-up billings for any unpaid charges are issued weekly with the Statement of Fines and Fees notice.

From 31-60 days overdue, if the book is returned in good condition, all charges for that item (except a Recall Fine) will be forgiven.

After 60 days overdue, if the book is returned in good condition, ONLY the lost item replacement charge is removed from the amount due.

Charges for Damaged Library Materials

Borrowers who damage library materials or equipment are subject to charges that will vary according to the extent of the damage.  For seriously damaged items, the library may assess the borrower lost item replacement charges.  Damage charges are determined on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Libraries’ Preservation/Conservation unit or with Information Technology.


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