Rules on overdue and damaged materials

The following rules apply to overdue and unreturned library materials.

Fines

  • Fines for overdue items are $0.50 per day per item.
  • Fines for recalled items are $1.00 per day per item.
Exceptions Fees
Journals $1.00/day/item
Laptops / iPads $5.00/hour
Reserve items $1.00/hour/item*
Slide trays $1.00/day/item
Study rooms $2.00/hours/user
Videos and DVDs $2.00/day/item**

*Fees are doubled ($2.00) when a user refuses to return an overdue reserve item.
**Fees are doubled ($4.00) for recalled videos and DVDs.

  • Fines can be paid only once the document is returned.
  • Fines must be paid in full before sanctions can be lifted.
  • Fines are non-refundable.

Lost or damaged items

Item Fees
Audiocassettes $100
Books $100
CDs (music) $380
CD-ROMs (images) $120
Journals $260
Laptops / iPads $400
Slides $5
Trays $20
Videos or DVDs $160

The collection manager may also accept a replacement copy plus a standard $25 processing fee per item.

Long overdue fees

Fines on an item accumulate until it is declared lost, and lost item fees are charged. If you return an item after paying lost item fees on it, you are reimbursed for overdue fees, calculated from the item's due date to the day you returned the item.

Theft and vandalism

Anyone who damages documents or tries to remove documents from the library without authorization is subject to penalties including suspension or withdrawal of borrowing privileges and replacement or repair costs.

Appeal procedure

If you disagree with a penalty, you may appeal in writing to:

Leslie Weir
University Librarian
lweir@uOttawa.ca
65 University
Ottawa ON K1N 6N5 Canada

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