Late, Damaged or Lost Materials

Late Materials

Most books do not accrue daily overdue fines and can be renewed.

However other books and materials in high demand will create overdue fines when turned in late.

  • Recalled books: $1 per day; maximum $45
  • Reserve & Reference materials: $.03 per minute for short loans (24 hours or less); $3 per day for multi-day loans; maximum $150
  • Journals/Periodicals: $1.00 per day
  • Laptops: $.50 per minute; maximum $35
  • Individual Study Rooms: $.50 per minute; maximum $35

Some items have a short grace period.  Other specific limited use collections (Reference or media) will have their own overdue fine rates.

Damaged Books

Damaged Books

Bring prior damage to the attention of the check out desk as soon as noticed to avoid being charged.

Damage may include:

  • Missing pages or inserts (such as disks)
  • Broken spine
  • Dried water stains
  • Pen or highlighter marks
  • Torn covers

If a book is returned damaged, you may be charged for repair or replacement. A book cannot be given back to a person who has paid for the replacement. Books are state property and must be disposed of according to state rules.

Lost Books

If you lose a book, contact the main service desk to arrange for a replacement.

Books that are 30 days late will be declared lost:

  • Charged $2 per book lost processing fee (plus any other pending fines)
  • Library account blocked
  • To clear block, contact main service desk and verify that you still have the books. Lost processing fees will be removed.

Lost books that are 45 days late:

  • Book replacement prices added to your record
  • Bring books in to main service desk to clear blocks and “lost” status; lost processing fee and replacement prices will be removed

Lost books that are 60 days late:

  • Charges have been billed
  • Bring books in to check out desk to clear blocks and “lost” status; Replacement costs removed
  • Must pay Lost Processing Charge of $2 per book (up to $50 maximum per event)

If you believe you have already returned a book that was declared lost, request that the library Search for my returned items

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