Fines are not charged for the late return or renewal of items from the general collection. However, fines do exist for the late return of recalled items. This is to encourage you to return these high demand items on time so that they can be shared among library members. There are also charges for items deemed lost if they become 32 days overdue.
An email fines notice will be sent to you whenever a new fine is accrued and a statement of outstanding fines and charges is emailed monthly.
Fines apply to all library borrowers.
The following fines apply to each item not returned by the due date or time:
|RECALLED items not returned within 7 days||$10.00 per day
(up to a maximum of $320.00)
|2 Hour Collection items||$10.00 per hour, or part thereof
(up to a maximum of $320.00)
|Journals||$10.00 per hour, or part thereof
(up to a maximum of $320.00)
(if 32 days overdue)
(Replacement charges + adminstrative fee)
Recalled items, Journals and 2-hour Collection items cannot be renewed.
- Check your loans regularly via MyLoans
- Return recalled items on time
- Return items before going on leave or vacation
- Renew items via MyLoans
- Read your library notices
You are responsible for returning or renewing loans on time regardless of receipt of library notices. You should check your MyLoans account regularly to keep track of your loans.
You do not need to pay until your fine total reaches $30.
Fine totals of less than $30.00:
- will not effect your borrowing
- will be waived 1-2 days prior to the last day of University business before the University Christmas shutdown.
- Note: A Lost book replacement charge is not a fine and will not be waived as part of the end of year waive ie. the full amount ($320 minimum) must be paid, partial payment to reduce the fine to below $30 cannot be made
Fine totals of $30.00 or more:
- will block your card
- will stop you borrowing, renewing and requesting items
- will not be waived at the end of the year and will be carried through to the following year
Your card block will be removed and your borrowing re-instated once you reduce your fine total to less than $30.00, payments of less than $10.00 are not accepted.
Pay your fines online by credit card via MyLoans (we do not accept American Express or Diners Club):
- Log into MyLoans to pay
- Payments of less than $10.00 are not accepted
- Part payment of a single fine cannot be made online e.g. For a $20 overdue fine, you cannot pay part of the $20, only the full amount
TIP: As long as the transaction amount is $10 or more, you can select just those fines that will reduce your total balance to under $30. E.g. If you have a total of three $10 fines, you can select to pay just one of these. This will reduce your balance to under $30, so you can borrow again, while still meeting the minimum transaction requirements.
Pay in person at the Library
You can pay your fines by EFTPOS or Credit card in person at the Information Desk, Level 3, Fisher Library. Part payment of a fine in person is possible. Payments of less than $10.00 are not accepted.
EFTPOS and credit card
Fisher Library has credit and EFTPOS facilities (we do not except Diners Card or American Express). Online Payment, through MyLoans, accepts credit card payment only at this stage.
Cheque and money order
Payment by cheque, made payable to the University of Sydney Library, and money order will also be accepted. Please include a copy of your fines notice with your payment. Cheques and money orders can be sent to: Library Administration, Level 5, Fisher Library F03, University of Sydney NSW 2006.
If you believe a fine is incorrect or unfair, you can appeal for the fine to be reduced or waived.
Failure to receive or read library notices, or failure to check MyLoans, are not considered valid reasons for a fine appeal.
How to appeal
- Fill in the online Borrower Enquiry Form
- If you need to supply evidence (eg. a medical certificate), or we need to clarify any details, we will contact you
- We aim to decide the outcome of your appeal, or provide you with a progress report, within 7 working days
If you are not satisfied with the way the library has handled your appeal and you wish to ask the University Librarian to review your appeal, please write a letter to the:
University of Sydney Library
Fisher Library F03
University of Sydney NSW 2006
You should provide your full name, library membership number and contact details and describe in full the grounds for your appeal.
If an item you borrow is returned damaged, you may be charged for its repair. Please report damaged items to the attention of library staff when you return them so they can be assessed.
If an item, or part of an item, is damaged beyond repair you may be charged a minimum replacement charge of $320.00.
A lost item charge is used to replace the item or buy a similar title if it is out of print.
Lost item charges are imposed when:
- you inform us that you have lost an item
- you have an item overdue for 32 days
The minimum lost item charge is $320.00 and includes:
- $200 item replacement charge
- $120 administrative fee
This charge may be higher, or an extra charge may be added later, depending on the item's value.
Returning the item
If the item is returned within 12 months, the charge will automatically be reduced to $120.00. This is the administrative fee.
If you have already paid the lost item charge, you will need to ask the Library for a partial refund.
No refund or reduction will be given after 12 months from the date of the item becoming lost, even if a replacement has been ordered or the original item is returned.
Replacing the item
If you choose to replace an item, a $120.00 administrative fee applies.
A replacement item must be the same (or newer) edition and be in excellent condition.