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Q. Does the library charge overdue fines?

Answered By: Beth Juhl
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2023     Views: 30

We Just Want Our Books Back

Our goal is to have books returned, not to charge fines. 

Therefore, for most items that check out for 16 weeks to students, faculty and staff, no overdue fees are charged. We will bill for replacement costs if a book is long overdue and deemed lost. 

Are Your Items Overdue?

Courtesy overdue reminder notices are sent to all patrons via campus email.

The status of checked out items is always available for review online by using My Library Account or by calling the Mullins Help Desk 479-575-4104.

Overdue Fines for Short-Term Loans

For Course Reserves and other short-term loans that are in high demand, overdue fines are generally

  • $3.00 per hour with a 1 hour grace period for hourly loans up to a maximum of $30.00
  • $3.00 per day with a 1 day grace period for daily loans up to a maximum of $30.00

Bills for Lost Items

When materials are thirty days overdue, they are considered lost and a bill is generated. The amount of the bill is the replacement cost of the item. Replacement costs may vary by subject area and are based on average costs in each discipline.

Overdue reserve materials may be fined up to thirty dollars ($30.00), and overdue recalled items may accrue a fine of up to thirty dollars ($30.00).

Invoices must be paid to the Treasurer's Office. If books that have been billed are returned, an adjustment notice will be sent to the Treasurer's Office. No refunds or adjustments for paid invoices are processed after one year.

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