Fines

How do I avoid fines?

To avoid fines we would recommend the following:

  • Return borrowed items by the due date.
  • Ensure that the items on loan to you are returned to the Library before travelling away from Sydney.
  • Keep your due date receipt as a reminder and keep your contact details up to date.
  • Review myLibrary regularly and check your email for Library notifications. These notifications are sent to your official UNSW email address (staff & students) or the email address specified on your application form (non-UNSW users).

Use myLibrary to:

  • check when your loans are due
  • renew loans before they become overdue
  • check if any loans have been recalled

If you have any questions regarding fines, submit an Ask a question form.

Note: Library notifications are sent as a courtesy only and are not a substitute for checking myLibrary regularly.

How are fines calculated?

Rates
Standard item $155 when an item becomes 30 days overdue ($120 replacement cost and $35 administration fee).
Once the item is returned, the administration fee of $35 is still payable.
Recalled item $2.00 per day.
Due dates will change if the item has been recalled by another user.
You cannot renew a recalled item.
High Use Collection $3.00 per hour or part thereof.
Laptop $3.00 per hour or part thereof (accrued up to $216 over 72 hours).
$2051 when an item becomes 5 days overdue and is declared lost. For further information see Lost laptop below.
Multimedia item $3.00 per hour or part thereof.
Interlibrary loan item $1.00 per day.
Lost peripheral items* $30 if not returned on the day of borrowing.
$155 when an item becomes 30 days overdue ($120 replacement cost and $35 administration fee).
Once the item is returned, the fine and administration fee of $65 is still payable.

* These items include adaptors for Mac laptops, headphones, TV remotes, HDMI and VGA cables.
Lost item replacement $155 when an item becomes 30 days overdue ($120 replacement cost and $35 administration fee).
Once the item is returned, the administration fee of $35 is still payable.
If you are able to replace a lost item with a duplicate copy in good condition and unmarked, the replacement fee of $120 may be waived. However the administration fee of $35 will still be payable.
No refund will be given if the original is found more than 2 weeks after the replacement has been provided.
Lost laptop $2051 when a laptop becomes 5 days overdue ($1800 replacement cost, $216 late fee and $35 administration fee).
A laptop is considered permanently lost after 5 days. After this time, returns will not be accepted and fines remain payable.
For further information contact the Help Zone during staffed hours.
Damaged laptop Cost of repair and $35 administration fee (up to $1835 in total), depending on the scale of damage.
All repairs will be carried out by the Library's choice of repairer. For further information see Laptop loans terms and conditions.

General conditions for fines

Your borrowing privileges will be suspended until you have returned your overdue items. Once your Library fees reach $20 or if you are blocked from Student services by the University, your borrowing privileges will be suspended as well.

If you return overdue items outside of staffed library hours, you may not be able to borrow again until the next working day.

Where and how do I pay fines?

Pay online (for students only) Pay online using your UNSW Online account
Pay in person Recharge kiosks at Main, Law and Paddington Libraries

Main Library: Print/Copy Services desk, Level 2
(not available at Law and Paddington Libraries)

 

Payment methods Credit card (Bankcard, Mastercard, Visa)
EFTPOS (fines in excess of $5.00)
Call the Print/Copy Services desk, phone +61 2 9385 3757
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