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Borrowing: Fines

All you need to know about library membership, borrowing and loans


Helping You To Manage Your Loans

To help you manage your library loans we send you an email reminder 3 days before any item you have on loan is due to be returned. For as long as it is necessary to quarantine returned loans (as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic) we are operating a five day grace period (it is usually one day).  This means that if you return or renew a loan up to five days late the fine for those days will be waived.  If, however, you return or renew an item more than five days late the fine will be payable in full. 


Our fines rates are as follows:

Standard loans 20p per item per day
One week loans 50p per item per day

How to Pay

We are not accepting payments at the Library Service Desk at present, however fines can be paid over the phone by card (please call 01522 583790).  BG students can also pay fines online, however the payment system will not tell you how much you owe, so please contact us at or on 01522 583790 before making a payment to check the exact amount owed.

Payments can be made at you will need your B number and date of birth.  Once you have accepted the terms and conditions, choose Library Fines then follow the instructions.

Outstanding Fines

Should the charges you accrue on your library account reach £10 your library account will be suspended and will only be reactivated if you pay the amount in full.  The maximum charged for one fines transaction is £50.  NB. Accrued charges include inter-library loan and scanning service fees that may have been applied to your account as a result of satisfied requests (see the Requesting Resources tab above).

Avoid fines by returning your loans on time or by renewing them: find out more on our renewals page

Lost or damaged loans

If you lose or irreparably damage a library loan please let us know as soon as possible.  You will be charged the replacement cost, or alternatively you can choose to supply us with a replacement copy of the item yourself.  If a lost item is subsequently found we will refund the amount you paid (provided you can produce your receipt) or return the replacement copy you supplied.

Illness or extenuating circumstances

If you are unable to return your loans due to illness or extenuating circumstances please ask your tutor to contact us to confirm your absence.  In these circumstances any fines accrued during the period of your absence will be waived.  Please note that we will not waive your fines because you are on placement.

How fines income is spent

The income we raise from fines is used to purchase more books and other learning resources.

Image attribution

New One Pound Coins by M. Zhu on Flickr under a CC BY NC-ND 2.0 Creative Commons Licence.