What happens when an item is very overdue?

Depending on the type of item, after a set number of days, we consider the item lost and charge you the replacement cost of the item and a non-refundable $15 processing fee. The date you are charged is known as the billing date. There is a grace period before all charges become non-refundable. If the item is returned within the grace period, the replacement cost will be refunded and late fees will be assessed; however, the processing fee will not be refunded.


 Item considered "Lost" and account chargedReplacement cost becomes nonrefundable
Books, Government Document, Media, Journal/Magazine, Equipment & Reserve Items30 days overdue10 days after billing date


If the item is returned after the replacement cost refund deadline, the item is considered a gift to the library. You may request a letter acknowledging your gift at the time you return the item. Fines and processing fees are non-refundable.

If you wish to appeal charges, you must do so by submitting a Billing and Fine Appeal form within 15 days of the billing date. You will receive a response within 2 weeks.

The Lydia M. Olson Library reserves the right to suspend a patron’s borrowing privileges. Registration, diplomas, and transcripts will be held until all materials are returned and/or all fines are paid.

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