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 processing fee, and when applicable, the maximum overdue or recall fine for each lost item. Follow-up billings for charges remaining unpaid are issued with a Statement of Fines and Fees notice. 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 the Libraries' Content Development, or by library purchasing staff for equipment. Individuals who wish to purchase replacement copies for lost items should contact the Circulation Business Office with an email message to to request instructions.

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

For additional information, see: