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Overdue, Lost, & Damaged Items - Twin Cities Library, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

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Overdue, Lost, & Damaged Items

As a courtesy to our patrons, the Library sends notices to remind you that items' due dates are approaching. We also email overdue notices after the due date has passed. However, patrons are responsible for the timely return of all material whether or not a notice is received.

Students

Once an item has become three weeks overdue, library and student records are blocked. Students are also charged an overdue processing fee and replacement fee for each item. These charges are applied to the student's bill. Please refer to the table below for fees charged by material type.

Material

Overdue processing fee (non-refundable)

Replacement fee

Books

$10

$50

Dissertations

$10

$50

Interlibrary Loans

$10

$100

Videos and DVDs

$10

$100

Reference Books

$10

$100

Assessment Tests

$0

$100

If an item is returned in good condition, blocks on library and student records are removed and the replacement fee is refunded to the student's account. However, the replacement fee will not be refunded if the library has already paid a bill from another library or purchased a replacement copy.

Can Your Fees

Replacement fees are removed if material is returned in good condition. You may also get the overdue processing fee credited to your account. To do so, bring three nonperishable food items for each overdue library item. You can bring in food items either when you return your library materials or after you have returned them. To receive credit, the nonperishable items and books must be returned to a librarian. Donated items will go to Lutheran Social Services of Minnesota.

Lost and Damaged Material

Students who have damaged or lost items are charged a replacement fee and a $10 processing fee. For items borrowed from the Twin Cities Library collection (as opposed to interlibrary loan materials, which come from other libraries), students may either pay the replacement fee or provide a replacement copy for the item. The replacement copy must be either the same edition or the most recently published edition of the item. Replacement copies must be in new condition; used copies will not be accepted. Library and student record blocks are removed upon receipt of the replacement copy or payment of the replacement fee.

Twin Cities Library will not accept replacement copies for damaged interlibrary loan items.

Faculty and Staff

Once an item has become three weeks overdue, library records are blocked. If an item is returned in good condition, blocks on library records are removed. If an item is lost or damaged beyond repair, please contact the Library. If the item costs more than $50, you will be charged a replacement fee.