Q. How much are library fines? How do I pay them?
- General collection books: Beginning April 15, 2019, daily fines will be eliminated for general collection books that are less than 40 days overdue, reducing a financial burden on students using library services. This includes books on loan through the UDC Library and/or checked out via the Washington Research Library Consortium's loan service.
- Media: For media materials (DVDs, etc.), a fine of $5.00 is assessed for each day that the item is overdue. The maximum fine will not exceed $25.00 for each item.
- Course reserves: Fines on course reserves materials are based on the time at which the item is due. A fine is charged at the rate of $0.60 per hour, or fraction thereof, for each item that is overdue. The maximum fine will not exceed $25.00.
An item will be declared lost if it is not returned 39 days after the due date. Patrons who have lost or damaged an item beyond repair shall pay $120.00 per item. This includes a $80.00 lost item replacement fee, $10.00 late fee, and a $30.00 lost processing fee.
When total library fines reach $25.00, all activity on a student account becomes frozen (called a "financial bar"). Students cannot register for classes, receive transcripts, or graduate.
The following procedures must be followed to pay library fines:
- Students with library fines should come to the UDC Library Circulation Desk (Building 39, Level B) any time that the library is open and request a bill that lists the total amount of their fines.
- Then, this bill must be taken to the UDC cashier's office (Building 39, Level 2, Room 201). This is the ONLY place where payments can be made. No payments are accepted in the library. The cashier's office will provide a receipt when the bill has been paid in full.
- Then, the receipt must be taken back to the UDC Library Circulation Desk (Building 39, Level B) in order for library staff to clear fines from library accounts.