Michigan State University

Renewals, Overdue Fines, and Bills for Replacement of Long-Overdue Material

Library material must be renewed to extend the due date; renewals are not automatic. Borrowers may renew eligible material online via "Your Library Account" - phone renewals are not possible. All material may be renewed except recalled items and reserves, software, CDs, DVDs, videos, records, videodiscs, special permission checkouts, laptops, and some 3-day and 7-day material.

Fines and bills are the responsibility of the borrower regardless of being away from campus for breaks between semesters, vacations, exams, illness, car trouble, sabbatical leaves, unread MSU e-mail, late or never-received reminder notices, etc. Fine amounts are not calculated until after material is returned. Material returned after closing is not considered returned until the next day the library is open.

If a borrower owes money, privileges are suspended without notice. Payment may be made by mail to the attention of "Accounts" at the address at the end of these policies, at the Main Circulation Desk, or by calling (517) 355-2333 with Visa/MasterCard/Discover.

No fines are charged for most material, but overdue fines are charged for the following items when returned after the due date:

  • Reserves: $1.00 per hour. Laptops (available in some branches) and Collaborative Technology Lab material: $6/hour. NOTE: Our system considers an item that is one minute overdue to be a full hour overdue. Therefore, the full hourly amount is assessed for any portion of an hour overdue, even one minute.
  • Recalled material, software, CDs, records, videos, DVDs, 7-day items: $1 per day.
  • Material borrowed from other libraries (interlibrary loan, ILLiad, or MeLCat): $2 per day.

When an item is significantly overdue, the borrower is billed for its replacement and borrowing privileges are suspended without notice until the account is paid in full or material is returned or replaced by the borrower. Holds are placed on MSU student enrollment, registration, diplomas, and transcripts at the same time.

Minimum replacement charges are $50 for a book, $75 for a periodical, $100 for an item not found in Books in Print. Current market value is charged whenever it is higher than the minimum replacement charge.

  • Billed material cannot be renewed online. It must be brought to Circulation or a branch library for renewal.
  • When a billed item is returned, the replacement charge is cancelled but overdue fines may be charged.
  • Unresolved bills may be turned over to a collection agency any time after 30 days from date of issue.