Kathryn A. Martin Library

Kathryn A. Martin Library's Daily Fine Rate

The current daily fine rate is $.50 per day, the same rate charged at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. The decision to standardize fine amounts came with the emergence of new intercampus direct lending services. Maintaining a consistent rate helps to eliminate confusion both on this campus and on other campuses in our system.

The library automatically renews most loans (items with loan periods of one week or longer) for users until a final renewal date is reached. For students, this end date for a regular book loan is the equivalent of the original loan period plus six months. For courtesy card users, the end renewal date for a regular book loan is three months after the original loan. For faculty and staff of UMD, the end date for a regular book loan occurs two years after the original loan. Fines won't accrue on long-term loans unless a borrower ignores a recall notice or unless the borrower keeps materials beyond the renewal end date.

Materials with shorter term loan periods must be renewed or returned by the date due, or fines will accrue.

You may pay your fines at the Circulation desk during hours when the library is open. Ask to speak with a Circulation supervisor or lead desk assistant. Fines may be paid with cash, personal or bank check, or through the secure UM Pay Web site along with tuition and other student fees. Loaned items that become more than thirty days past due are automatically billed as lost, and replacement fees are transferred to UM Pay accounts for currently enrolled students.

To see what bills you may owe at the library, connect to "My Account" in the upper right corner of the Kathryn A. Martin Library home page. Log in with your Internet ID and password. Then click on your "Fines and Fees Balance."


The daily overdue fine rate for regular circulating items is $.50 per day per item, up to a maximum of $15 per item.

The fine for failure to return a recalled item within one week is $2 per day. Keep in mind that anything you check out may be recalled before it is due.

The fine for late return of a group study room key is $1 per hour.

The fee for processing a check from an account with insufficient funds is $15.

Item Billed as Lost?

If an item becomes more than 30 days overdue, it will be billed as a lost item. The fee for a lost or unreturned item includes the lost fee ($100) plus $15 for processing. Payment for a lost item does not clear an overdue fine associated with it.

If you have lost an item you borrowed from the UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library, you may replace it instead of paying the $100 lost fee. The replacement must be the same edition in "excellent" condition. The Overdues Specialist at the library will make the final decision whether a copy is acceptable. The processing fee and overdue fines will still apply.

Items with short-term loan periods will be billed as lost even before they become 30 days overdue.

The fee for processing a check from an account with insufficient funds is $15.

Reserve Fines

Because Reserve materials are assigned for class reading or viewing, overdue fines for Reserve items are quite high—$1 per hour (24 hours per day), up to a maximum of $15 per item. Please be considerate of other students who may be waiting to use an item that you have checked out.


If a student or courtesy card user accumulates more than $10 in overdue fines, his or her borrowing privileges will be blocked. Faculty are not fined for items returned late but may be blocked if Interlibrary Loan items become overdue or if fees for unreturned items exceed $250. If a blocked student's fines remain unpaid for more than thirty days, the fees will be added to a student's UM Pay bill if the student is currently enrolled. Unpaid bills may result in registration or transcript holds on a student's academic record. If you have any questions, see a Circulation staff member or call 218-726-6120.

Courtesy card users are required to pay all outstanding fines and fees, and return all overdue items, before borrowing privileges will be renewed.


Kathryn A. Martin Library | 416 Library Drive | Duluth MN 55812-3001
Phone: 218-726-8102
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Last modified: August 27, 2014
Library Site Coordinator: Kathryn A. Martin Library  

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