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Return borrowed items on time to avoid fines and to ensure that other library users have access to the materials they need.

How to Avoid Fines & Fees

  • Review our Borrowing & Renewal policies
  • Track your due dates in InfoKat Discovery
  • Do not loan your borrowed items to a third party 
  • Make sure your email address is up to date in the Library System. You will receive courtesy notices when your due date is near and when your loans are overdue

Fines for Overdue Materials

  • Book fines: no overdue fines for returned books!
  • Reserve fines: $.60 per hour, per item, per day
  • Recall fines: $2.00 per item, per day

Paying Fines

With the exception of lost Medical Center Library books, Law Library books, and art equipment, fines payments are processed at William T. Young Library, Monday through Friday, 8:15 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. Credit cards and checks are accepted.

  • Pay by credit card over the phone: (859) 218-2025.
  • Mail a check: Fine Payment, Circulation Desk, William T. Young Library, 400 Hilltop Avenue, Lexington, KY 40506-0456

Payment plans are also available for borrowers. Please contact us at for options. 

Returning Overdue Items

Please return overdue library materials to the Circulation Desk in person during library hours.

Replacing Lost or Damaged Items

After 45 days overdue, the library system will declare an item lost and assess a default lost replacement cost to your account. If a lost item is later returned, the replacement cost will be removed at the time the book is checked in. 

If an item is returned in a damaged condition, the library will determine the cost of repair and charge accordingly. For items that cannot be repaired, the library will charge the borrower for the replacement cost.

To avoid paying replacement costs, you have the option of replacing the book on your own. It must be the same edition as the lost item and in good condition. Please contact the library for the item's ISBN number.