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 email as a reminder and keep your contact details up to date.
  • Review myLibrary regularly to
    • check when your loans are due
    • renew loans before they become overdue
    • check if any loans have been recalled.
  • Check your email for Library notifications. Notifications are sent to your official UNSW email address (staff & students) or the email address specified on your application form (non-UNSW members).
    • Note: Library notifications are sent as a courtesy only and are not a substitute for checking myLibrary regularly.

Avoid lost fees and suspension of borrowing privileges

If items are not returned by their due date, borrowing privileges may be suspended and fines may apply. You may not be able to borrow until the next working day if overdue items returned outside of staffed hours.

  • Borrowing is suspended until any overdue items are returned.
  • Fines below $20 will still allow borrowing.
  • University blocks from Student services will also suspend borrowing.

Items considered lost attract additional costs and fees. The fine or penalty charged varies in accordance with loan type. Fees may be waived if item is returned.

How are fines calculated?

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

Once the item is returned, any late and administration fees applied are still payable. The replacement (lost) fee may be waived if you replace the item with a duplicate unmarked copy in good condition (where permitted). No refund will be given if the original is found more than 2 weeks after a lost fee is paid or replacement has been provided.

Loan type Late fees Lost and additional fees
Standard loan No Lost: 30 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
Recalled item $2.00 per day after due date
(accrued up to $30)
Lost: 14 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
4 hour loan
High Use Collection
$3.00 per hour/part thereof after due time
(accrued up to $30)
Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
4 hour loan
Accessories *
No
Due: Help Zone hours (15mins prior Help Zone closure)
Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $35
Replacement allowed: No
Same day loan
Library storage items
No
Due: Help Zone hours (15mins prior Help Zone closure)
Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $120
Replacement allowed: No
Same day loan No
Due: Library hours (15mins prior closure)
Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $120
Replacement allowed: Item dependent - contact Library
7 day loan
Course resource
No Lost: 14 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
7 day loan No Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
Replacement allowed: No
Interlibrary loan (ILL) $1.00 per day after due date
(accrued up to $30)
Lost: 30 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
Replacement allowed: Item dependent - contact Library

Replacement costs:
Apply for either lost or defacing, mutilating or damaging ILL items.
The lending library determines the costs payable.
Laptop $3.00 per hour/part thereof after due time
(accrued up to $216)
Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $1800
Administration fee: $35
Replacement allowed: No
Damaged laptop see Laptop above Cost of repair (up to $1800)
Administration fee: $35
All repairs carried out by Library's choice of repairer.
For further information see Terms and Conditions.
4 hour loan
Anatomical models
Valuable item
No
Due: Help Zone hours (15mins prior Help Zone closure)
Lost: 3 days overdue
Fee: $120
Administration fee: $35
Replacement allowed: No

*Accessory items include adaptors for Mac laptops, headphones, TV remotes, HDMI and VGA cables, power cables.

Where and how do I pay fines?

Pay online (for students only)

Pay in person

  • Recharge kiosks at Main, Law and Paddington Libraries
  • Print/Copy Services desk, Level 2, Main Library or phone +61 2 9385 3757
  • Payment method: Credit card or EFTPOS (minimum $5.00)
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