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Library Borrowing Policies: Overdue and Lost Items

Find out how to borrow and renew items and what to do if an item is overdue or lost.

Overdue Charges

Where to pay ESF Library fines/fees: Moon Library

Loan Type Overdue Charges Max. Fine Per Item
Semester Loans* $0.25/day $20
7 Day Loans $0.25/day $20
Recalled Books $1/day $30
2-Hour Reserve Materials  $1/hour $50
Interlibrary Loans $1/day $30
Bikes $15 $15

*Only for semester loans: If you return the item within a 4-day "grace" period immediately following the due date, you will not have to pay a fine. If the grace period is exceeded, the fine is calculated from the actual due date. There is no grace period for recalled items.

Please note: Overdue notices generated by the automated circulation system are sent as a courtesy; failure to receive an overdue notice does not exempt you from overdue charges.

Lost Items

Items are considered lost after the following time periods:

  • Semester Loans: 40 days overdue
  • 2-Hour Reserve Items: The end of the day on which they were checked out
  • Bikes: 10 days overdue

Charges for lost items (non-bike):

  1. $100 lost item replacement fee, or the actual cost of the item
  2. $20 lost item processing fee
  3. $20 overdue fine

Charges for lost or missing bike items:

  1. $500 lost bike replacement fee
  2. $15 for every lost or missing helmet, u lock, or key

If a lost item is subsequently returned before a replacement copy has been purchased, the replacement fee is forgiven, but the lost item processing fee and overdue fine are still payable.