Fines are penalties for keeping library materials past their agreed upon return date. They are calculated by the hour or day overdue as indicated in the chart below. Failure to return an item will also result in you being charged a replacement cost for the item.

Location Material Type Fine Per Item Fine For Recalled Item Maximum Fine Per Item
5th to 10th floors Books, Periodicals, Music and Sound Effects CDs, Popular Reading N/A; replacement charge will be billed if not returned $5/day N/A
DVD & VHS Videos $3/day $6/day $120
Reserve Collection
(2nd Floor)
DVD/VHS Videos $1/hour $2/hour $50
Books and Textbooks $5/hour $10/hour $120
Laptops $20/hour $40/hour $500
Calculators, Headphones, Smart Board Markers, CD Players, DVD Players $1/hour $2/hour $50
Stressbusters, Pencil Cases, Browsing Baskets N/A N/A N/A

Failure to pay fines or return materials will result in the eventual loss of borrowing privileges.  If fines are not paid and overdue materials not returned by the end of the semester, marks will be withheld by the University. This measure does not prevent you from registering for courses.

Courtesy & Overdue e-mail Notices

You will receive a courtesy reminder 2 days before materials are due and again when items are 1 day late; for Ryerson students, staff and faculty, this notice will be sent to your Ryerson email account.   It is your responsibility to ensure that materials are returned or renewed on time.

Once items become overdue, the Library will also e-mail overdue and fine notices.

How to Check Your Fines

To check if you have a fine, log into Your Library Account. If you have fines, the listing will indicate the title, type of fine or charge and the amount.

Fine Calculations

For fines calculated by the day, fines accrue for each day an item is overdue including weekends. Fines are not charged for days when the Library is closed and books are not due on those days. Fines begin to accrue at 12:01 A.M. on the day after the due date. If an item is more than 40 days overdue, it will be assumed to be lost and you will be charged the replacement cost of the item in addition to the fine.

How to Pay

Fines can be paid at the Circulation Desk, either by cash, Interac (debit), VISA, MasterCard, American Express or the Ryerson OneCard. The Library also accepts credit card payment by phone. Please call (416) 979-2149. We do not accept personal cheques.

Fines Appeal

If you would like to dispute a fine, please complete our Fines Appeal Form. Once we have reviewed your dispute, you will be contacted by email.

Lost and Damaged Materials

Additional fines are levied for Lost and Damaged Materials.