If you’re late returning materials you’ve borrowed from the library, you may be subject to overdue fines. The best way to deal with fines is to avoid them in the first place. If you’re concerned about your library account, reach out to us and we will work with you to resolve the issue.
The following table includes the most common types of overdue charges and their fine rates. For items that are significantly overdue, they are considered lost, and you’ll be charged a replacement fee in addition to overdue fines.
|If an overdue item is…||the late fee rate is:||but after…||you’ll owe a maximum fee of:|
|General Collection||waived if returned||50 days||up to $300.00|
|Recalled item||$1.00 / day||20 days||up to $175.00|
|Special Loan (including Journal Loan)||$1.00 / day||30 days||up to $145.00|
|Interlibrary Loan & E-ZBorrow||$1.00 / day||20 days||set by lending library|
|Leisure Collection||$1.00 / day||30 days||up to $155.00|
|Course Reserve item||$2.50/ hour||1 day||up to $300.00|
|Uncharged materials left in rented locker or Mobys||$5.00/item||30 days||up to $100.00|
|Laptops||see Laptop Loan Terms & Fines|
|Damaged material||depends on severity of damage||up to $300.00|
Returned Check Fee: $10.00
We send frequent reminders about due dates and overdue items. Reminders are emailed to your school email address (i.e., your nyu.edu or newschool.edu address). For other borrowers, reminders are emailed to the address you provided when you received your card. In all cases, you are responsible for returning items by the due date regardless of whether the notices were received.
If you do happen to accrue fines, please keep in mind your borrowing privileges will be blocked upon accrual of $5.00 in unpaid fines and fees. If you have lost items or fines and fees in excess of $100.00, you will be blocked from registering for classes or getting your transcript.
The Libraries may refer your account to a collection agency if you fail to return items or pay fines after a significant time.
How to Pay Fines
You can pay fines on materials loaned from NYU Libraries over the phone ((212) 998-2530) or at the Bobst Circulation & Reserves Desk during open hours. All fines, including those incurred at Dibner, are paid at Bobst. We accept cash, check, credit card, or campus cash.
You may appeal a fine on any item checked out at Bobst online. Please note, we do not guarantee the waiver of any fines.
Bern Dibner Library
To appeal a fine contact at firstname.lastname@example.org. If emailing from a personal email, include your NetID or N-Number.