Answered By: Tom Reinsfelder
Last Updated: Jun 26, 2014     Views: 247

For most items, Penn State University Libraries do not charge a daily fine for overdue materials. All books (and other items) borrowed from the general library collections (the stacks) that have not been recalled may be returned or renewed within 30 days of the due date without fee.

This grace period does not include videos, periodicals, reserve material or recalled materials.

Materials that have not been returned or renewed within 30 days will be presumed lost and a replacement fee will be assessed. If such materials are returned within a month of the bill date, lost and processing fees will be waived, although the patron will still be responsible for any overdue fees.

If the materials are returned more than a month after the date billed, the borrower is responsible for the entire processing fee, plus overdue fees if applicable. Borrowers are responsible for all fees for materials returned more than six months after the bill date.

Overdue fees on other items:

  • Course Reserves: Two-hour and overnight Course Reserves are subject to a fine of $1/hour, to a maximum of $100. These fines begin to accrue the moment the material is due back in the Libraries. After 10 days, the Libraries presume the material is lost and bill the borrower the cost of the item, a $25 processing fee, plus the overdue fees.

  • Videos: Videos are subject to a fine of $1/day, to a maximum of $30. These fines begin to accrue the moment the material is due back in the Libraries. After 30 days, the Libraries presume the material is lost and bill the borrower the cost of the item, a $25 processing fee, plus the overdue fees. Note: Borrowers are responsible for fines that accrue on videos that are renewed after their due date.

  • Special Permission Loans: All special permission loans are subject to a fine of $3/day to a maximum of $15 (reached on the fifth calendar day late). These fines begin to accrue the moment the material is due back in the Libraries. After 30 days, the Libraries presume the material is lost and bill the borrower the cost of the item, a $25 processing fee, plus the overdue fees.

  • Recalls: Recall fines on material requested by another borrower are $3/day to a maximum of $30 (reached on the tenth calendar day late). These fines begin to accrue the day after the recall due date (11 calendar days after the Libraries send the recall notice). After 30 days, the Libraries presume the material is lost and bill the borrower the cost of the item, a $25 processing fee, plus the overdue fees.

Unpaid fines and charges may result in one or more of the following actions:

  • Students: Fees not paid before the end of the current semester will be charged to the student's Bursar account.
  • Faculty, staff: If replacement fees for lost materials are not received within 6 months from notification that the money is due at the Libraries, payment will be payroll deducted. For all other fees, if payment is not received within 60 days, payment will be payroll deducted. The University Payroll Office reserves the right to charge additional fees for the payroll deduction process.
  • Alumni and visitors: Fees assessed against a non-affiliated borrower's account that are not paid within 60 days will be remanded to a collection agency. Additional fees will be charged by University Libraries for this process. Note: When students and employees leave the University, they become alumni or visiting borrowers and are subject to the collection agency process.

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