What fines does the library charge, and will I be fined right away if something is late?


The library no longer collects late fees or fines for items in our general collection as part of our commitment to equitable access to information and student affordability.

Some items in the library, such as print Course Reserves or U of I Multimedia equipment, are exceptions to this policy and will continue to accrue late fees. In addition, the library will continue assessing lost item fees to patrons. Items move into lost status when they have not been returned 15 days after the assigned due date, at which time patrons are charged a $100 fee ($80 replacement item cost and $20 processing fee).

Fines for recalled books are $2.00 per day up to a maximum of $20.00.  Fines for Reserve materials are $2 per hour or partial hour for overdue items, maximum $20, for paper reserve. There are no fines for electronic reserve materials.

If you need to return something right away, we have two library book drops, one near the main entrance and one located by our loading dock on Rayburn Street, where you can return books when the library is closed. And don't forget you can usually renew books online if you need more time.

If you have questions about which items have late fees and which don't, or want to supply your own replacement copy, please contact our Access Services/Circulation Desk at 208-885-6559 and we'd be happy to assist you.


  • Last Updated Dec 15, 2021
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