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Borrowing: Fines

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

Fines

It is important that library resources circulate efficiently for the benefit of all borrowers. To help you manage your loans we send you an email reminder 3 days before any item you have on loan is due to be returned. We also operate a one-day grace period.  This means that if you return or renew a loan one day late the fine for that day will be waived.  If, however, you return or renew an item more than one day 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


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

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.

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.

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.