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Library information page for the Katz CAJS Fellows: Fines & fees

  • We do not charge fines for most overdue Penn books. There are however, instances in which fines are incurred.
  • For all materials that do accrue overdue fines: the amount of the overdue fine cannot be known until the item is returned or the maximum fine for that item has been reached. In most cases there is a grace period in which overdue material can be returned without accruing a fine. Once that grace period has passed the entire amount will be assessed.
  • Patrons whose fines/fees are in excess of $50 generally have their bills sent to the University bursar and is no longer a library matter.
  • Lost books
    • In most cases, once a book been overdue for 28 days, it is automatically marked as lost. For materials with shorter loan periods (e.g. videos, reserve books) the time to lost may be shorter.   These items are subject to a $200 lost item replacement fee.
  • These fees are not forgivable.
    • Borrow Direct/E-ZBorrow fines.
    • After the borrowing period expires, fines are accrued at the rate of $1/day.
    • Items borrowed from other institutions, Borrow/Direct, E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan, which are overdue more than 28 days, are subject to an item replacement fine of $125.
  • These fines are not forgivable.
    • Interlibrary Loan fines
    • After the loan period expires, fines are accrued at the rate of $1/day.
    • Items borrowed from other institutions, Borrow/Direct, E-Z Borrow and Interlibrary Loan, which are overdue more than 28 days, are subject to an item replacement fine of $125.