Overdue Books, Lost/Stolen Books, and Fines

Overdue fines for Olin Library books

Fines schedule for all libraries

General collection materials: 20 cents/day
Nonbook media: $1.00/day
Recalled materials: 40 cents/day
Fines for overdue reserve materials are: 2-Hour, 3-Hour: 60 cents/hour or fraction thereof and 1, 2 & 5-Day: $1.00/day or fraction thereof

A borrower who fails to return a book after the second overdue notice has been sent will be charged for replacement.

Lost/Stolen Books and Replacement Charges

Olin Library holds borrowers financially responsible for all library material checked out on their accounts. Borrowers are responsible for notifying the Circulation Unit immediately if library material is lost or stolen. To speak with a member of the Circulation Unit, borrowers may visit the Check-out Desk at Olin Library, call 314-935-5420, or e-mail circ@wumail.wustl.edu. The Circulation staff will assist borrowers in resolving their accounts or direct questions and concerns to the Circulation Librarian.

Charges for lost and stolen library material are intended to help Olin Library replace the material and make it available for future use. A non-refundable $15.00 processing fee is charged in addition to the replacement cost. Replacement costs vary for Washington University’s material. MOBIUS items have a replacement cost of $100.00 and a $20.00 processing fee.

Payment by the borrower in no way implies transfer of ownership of library property. Unreturned items remain the property of the library. If the borrower finds and returns the material in good condition after paying for the material, the replacement cost will be refunded or credited, but the processing fee will remain.