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Lost & Damaged Library Materials

Borrowers are responsible for library materials which they lose or damage. Lost materials are subject to any fines that have accrued up until the time the item is reported lost, a replacement fee and a $10-$20 processing fee.

Minimum Charges for Lost or Damaged Materials

Type of Material Minimum Replacement Cost
Books $200
Laptops $1500
Feature Films $145
Microforms $60
Music CD varies
Periodicals $200
Tech Equipment $100 – $1080

Charges will be increased if the material’s actual cost is higher; all paid charges are non-refundable.

Daily loan materials overdue for 20 days or more will be automatically billed to the patron’s account at the cost of the item. Materials claimed returned, or reported lost, will be  traced once a week for 4 weeks and are not eligible for renewal. If still missing once the trace is completed, the replacement cost is billed to the borrower. If the patron locates the item during the tracing process, it should be returned as soon as possible to the Circulation Desk. A fine will be charged based on the item’s original due date.

Accidental Damage: If an item is damaged, a replacement cost will be charged to the borrower as listed above.

Borrowing Items with a Status of “Missing” or “Lost”

A book with a status of “Missing” or “Lost”  in the catalogue may be obtained from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

See also Theft and Vandalism Policy