Fines, Loss & Damage
BRING OVERDUE ITEMS INSIDE WHEN YOUNG LIBRARY IS OPEN
**Please return reserve and InterLibrary Loan materials to the Circulation Desk and place it in the slot at the right end of the desk marked for reserves/InterLibrary Loan returns or hand it to a student/staff working the desk.
Policies may differ among libraries. See also Loan Periods by Location.
The Libraries are responsible for managing large collections of state-owned materials and must provide an incentive for these materials to be returned in a timely manner. Overdue fines are used as an incentive for borrowers to return library materials after an established, reasonable loan period, so that materials may be properly accounted for and can be made available for other borrowers. Overdue Letters sent via email are issued as a courtesy to all library users.
All legitimate objections to library charges will be considered. Problems that do NOT constitute a legitimate basis for consideration are:
- Lack of knowledge or understanding of Library policies
- Disagreement with amount owed or fine structure
- Inability to pay fines and charges (Payment plan is available)
- Unwillingness to take responsibility for materials checked out to you and loaned to a third party
- Failure to receive or read an overdue or courtesy notice
- Fines accrued during vacation or University holidays
The Libraries would much rather have items returned on time than to charge fines. Please return library materials on time and avoid overdue fines.
Note: Please keep your email address current in the Library System. Unpaid fines may result in suspension of borrowing privileges, the withholding of transcripts and/or diplomas, and/or the blocking of class registration.
Book fines: $.25 per item, per day
Reserve fines: $.60 per hour, per item, per day
Video/DVD fines: $1.00 per item, per day
Recall fines: $2.00 per item, per day
Periodical fines: $5.00 per item, per day (NOTE: Although Periodicals from storage circulate for 28 days instead of the regular 4 days, the fine for Storage Periodicals is also $5.00 per day.)
Student Laptop fines: $10.20 per hour
All fine payments (with exception of lost Medical Center or Law Library books (and Art Equipment) must be paid at William T. Young Library. Payments of cash, check, credit card (Visa/MasterCard/Discover/American Express) and Plus Account are accepted Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m at the Fines Office window to the left of the Circulation Desk. Credit card payments may be paid over the phone during office hours. If you get the voice mail, please leave your name and number and your call will be returned.
For more information, call (859) 218-2025 during office hours.
You may also mail your payment, with checks payable to University of Kentucky, to:
1-50 William T. Young Library
500 S. Limestone
Lexington KY 40506-0456.
Young Library Fines Office Hours
Mondays - Fridays: 8:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Avoid fines by returning all library materials on time.
We do our very best to maintain the posted hours of operation. There are times that circumstances dictate having to close the Fines Office. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The Fines Office is always closed on academic holidays and the week between Christmas and New Years Day. If in doubt, call the Fines Office at 85+218-2025 or the Circulation Desk at 859-218-1881 to check to see if the Fines before coming in to save a trip.
If you believe you have returned material that is being billed as overdue, please contact the staff at the owning library Circulation Desk to file a Claims Returned or use this form. Library personnel will search for the material up to three times within a maximum of 60 days. The material will stay charged to your account, but a note will be placed in your record to allow you to continue to check out library material while the claim is in process. It is good that you continue to search for the book as well.
If the item(s) is found in the library, all charges will be removed. If the material is not found, you will be assessed a lost book replacement cost and lost book processing fee.
NOTE: If your record has a recurring pattern of items claimed to be returned and later found in the stacks, not re-sensitized and still charged to you, you will be charged the appropriate fines.
During the claims returned process, you should continue to look for the item(s). If you do find the item(s), return it/them to the library and only the overdue fines will be assessed.
All library email letters, such as Overdue Letters, will continue to be sent to your account at the scheduled times. You may disregard these letters while the Claim Returned is in process.
Damaged/Lost Library Materials
After 45 days overdue, the library system will declare an item lost and assess a default lost replacement cost and processing fee plus the overdue fine.
If a lost item is returned, the replacement cost and processing fee will be forgiven. Any overdue fines will remain.
If material is returned in a damaged condition, the library will determine cost of repair and charge accordingly. For items that cannot be repaired, the library will charge the borrower for replacement cost and a processing fee.
If you have lost or damaged a book, you do have the option to replace the book. It must be the same copy/edition (contact the library for ISBN #, etc.) and in good condition. You will still be responsible for the processing fee.