Overdue Notices and Fines

Overdue and other circulation notices are sent via email to a client's Baylor email account. All clients are responsible for checking for messages on a regular basis, and for returning materials on time and in good condition. Fines will be assessed in the following circumstances:

  • Late & Considered Lost - Clients have three weeks to return an item after the due date. The Libraries will consider the item lost after the three weeks and will bill the client. This replacement bill will include, for each item listed, the replacement price, a processing fee, and a billing fee. While the Libraries will waive the replacement and processing fees if the item is returned, the billing fee will still apply. Clients should not purchase replacements themselves, but the Libraries will honor replacement costs found by clients on sites like Amazon.com, etc.; the processing fee and billing fee will still apply. Avoid costly fees by returning materials on time or renewing materials online.
  • Overdue Interlibrary Loans - A $1/day overdue fee is charged for all late interlibrary loans.
  • Overdue Reserve materials - Fines accrue hourly for 2-hour and 3-hour reserve items, and by the day for 3-day and 7-day reserves.
  • Recalled Items - If an item is "recalled," someone else needs to use that item. A recall may affect your due date, so check the message carefully. Additional fines (generally $1/day) are assessed for recalled items that are returned late.
  • Damaged Materials - Clients are responsible for returning materials in good condition. Fines (up to the cost of replacement with processing and billing fees) will be assessed for pencil/pen marks, dog ears, and other damage found at time of check-in.
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