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BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan: Fines and Fees Explained

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Fines and Fees for Loans From Other Institutions

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The University of Pennsylvania Libraries are currently closed and there is no access to our physical collections.  The same is true for many of our resource sharing partners.  Loan periods are being extended in the library circulation system.  Fines and fees related to the University closure will be waived at a later date.  Requests for electronic articles and book chapters can be submitted.  To expedite delivery, please submit no more than one book chapter per request.  Requests for copies of entire books should be submitted via purchase request:


All loans from other institutions, whether ordered through BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow or Interlibrary Loan are subject to fines and fees if returned late:

  • Late fees:  $1 per day to a maximum of $25 (non-refundable)
  • Lost fine:  $125 applied at 28 days overdue (removed if loan returned before the lender sends a lost item invoice)
  • Lost item processing fee: $10 (non-refundable)

At 28 days overdue the library system will charge your account $160 ($125 + $25 + $10)  If the item is returned promptly the fine will be reduced to $35 (late and processing fees).

Returning your loans on time ensures that we maintain good relations with our lending partners.


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