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Overdue Fines

Items must be returned (or renewed) on or before their due date or you will be billed for overdue charges.

  • The fine rate for most overdue materials is $0.50 day/item.
  • Periodical and video/DVD fines are $2.00 per day/item.
  • Fines for overdue reserve materials are $2.00 day/item.
  • The maximum accumulative overdue fine is $50.00/item.

For fines related to use of the Group Study Rooms, please see our Group Study Room policies.

For Fines related to Interlibrary materials, please see our Interlibrary Loan policies.

For accidental damage, mutilation, or loss of library materials, the patron will be billed for the cost of repair or replacement plus a $25.00 processing fee. Items that have been overdue for 30 days will also be billed for replacement.

MSU students and faculty/staff with bills of $25.00 or more ($5.00 for Montana Resident Courtesy Borrowers) will have all borrowing privileges suspended until the bills are paid.

Unpaid undergraduate and graduate student bills are sent to the MSU Student Accounts Office once a month for collection. Unpaid Montana Resident Courtesy Borrower bills may be turned over to a collection agency. Patrons may also become liable for collection fees.

A courtesy email notice is sent prior to the due date for all renewable items to remind patrons to renew or return their materials. Overdue notices are sent the first Thursday following the due date. Bill notices are sent the Tuesday following the date the user record is billed.

The Library assumes no responsibility for incorrect address or contact information see Change of Address for more information. The borrower bears sole responsibility for returning materials on time. Non-receipt of courtesy notices is not a mitigating factor with regards to overdue charges.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Circulation desk.

Last modified: February 08, 2013