Fines & Fees

Fines
Fines are assessed to encourage the prompt return of material. Patrons are responsible for overdue fees, late recall return fees and billed items due to loss or damage.

Loan type Fine Maximum fine
Regular loans 25¢ a day $15 per item
Hourly loans 10¢ a minute $85 per item
1, 2, 7 day loans $2 a day $85 per item
Videos $1 per day $15 per item
Music Library Reserve and Closed Stacks (CDs and DVDs) 2¢ per minute
Recalled material $1 per day $15 per item

Paying fines
Fines can be paid online through the Main Library catalog. Fines on material borrowed from the Health Sciences Library can be paid through that catalog. Fines can also be paid at the Main Circulation desk in the Melville Library (3rd floor) or at the Bursar in the Administration Building.

Lost or damaged material
When the maximum fine has accrued on an item, it is considered lost. The patron will be billed a lost item fee of $85 ($100 for media material) plus a $10 processing charge and will be blocked from borrowing material (in Circulation and Interlibrary Loan).

If the item is returned, the lost item fee will be removed. The patron will still be responsible for late fees.

Patrons also have the option to replace an item with the same edition or newer. There is a $16.50 processing fee. The replacement copy must be in new or like-new condition and may not be from another library. The Library reserves the right to refuse the copy and the lost item fee will stand.

Loss of borrowing privileges
University borrowers with fines of $5 or more will be blocked from borrowing. Courtesy borrowers with fines of $1 or more will be prevented from borrowing.

Requesting Waiver of Library Fines
Library patrons are responsible for knowing and adhering to the circulation policies. Failure to understand these policies will not excuse you from having to pay overdue fines or billed Library material.  If you feel you have an extenuating circumstance and should be considered for a waiver of Library fines, you may fill out an appeals request.

Appeals should be submitted within 30 days of the date the bill is issued.  All appeals must be on the Request for Waiver of Library Charges form and submitted to the Library Circulation Desk with supporting documentation.

The Request for Waiver of library charges form is available at the Circulation Desk and online.  Library staff will consider your appeal and respond within 10 business days.  Requests for appeals are most often approved in cases of documented Library error or extreme hardship such as long-term hospitalization, eviction, fire or theft.  In cases of theft, you may still be responsible for the cost of the stolen material but we may provide you with an invoice for your insurance company for reimbursement.

Note: Fines will not be waived if the request is based on any of the following reasons:

  • Lack of knowledge of Library policies. University Library policies are available on the Library’s site and in the Library;
  • Forgot due date or did not know there was a due date;
  • Did not receive a courtesy overdue notice;
  • Outdated information in your library account. Keep your email, address and phone number up to date in your
    account;
  • Loaned book to someone else;
  • Being out of town, on vacation, intersession or holiday;
  • Returned book to wrong library;
  • Inclement weather

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