Replacement Charges for Lost Library Materials

When a checked out library item becomes long overdue, it is declared lost, and the borrower is issued a lost item billing (Notice of Fine or Fee) that includes the replacement cost, a $20.00 processing fee, and when applicable, the maximum overdue or recall fine for each lost item.  Adjustments in the amount due may be possible if the item is returned in good condition.

Replacement costs are determined by a combination of publishing industry averages, specific cost determination by a library Subject Specialist, or by library purchasing staff for equipment. Individuals who wish to purchase replacement copies for lost items should contact the Circulation Business Office at 785-864-4715 or via email to libfines@ku.edu to request instructions.

For specific information about when items are declared lost and the maximum overdue charges, see:


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