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Fines and Fees

Fines, Lost, and Damaged Items

Fines accrue at the rate of fifty cents per day, for every day the library is open. The maximum fine per item is $15.00.

Fines for Reserve materials are separate from the above policy. These fines accrue at the rate of 25 cents per hour for each hour the library is open up to a maximum of $25.00 per item. (This includes keys for Group Study Rooms.)

Borrowers in all categories are responsible for fees assessed for damaged or lost library materials. The standard replacement fee is $90.00 plus a $10.00 processing fee. Arrangements to pay in installments can be made at the discretion of the Circulation Supervisor on duty.

Steely Library's Usability Testing Program offers a voucher good for the repayment of $20.00 in library fines and fees. This voucher can be applied to the library account of your choice. For more information, and to sign up for a testing session, visit our Usability Testing webpage.

Return of Lost Items

If an item is lost and paid for, then subsequently found and returned, a refund request can be made. Only the replacement fee can be refunded. The $10.00 processing fee will be retained to offset the expenses for processing, etc.

Delinquent Borrowers

LIBRARY SERVICES CAN BE DENIED FOR ANY PATRON (FACULTY, STAFF, OR STUDENT) WHO HAS OUTSTANDING DELINQUENT OBLIGATIONS.

Before library materials are due, a Courtesy Notice is sent out as a reminder to return checked out materials. An Overdue Notice is sent out 7 days after checked out materials are due. Library notices are sent by email to library patrons with an active email address, all others receive notice via the US postal service. Patrons are billed for lost items when overdue materials are three months overdue.

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