Paying Fines and Fees
The library charges fines for overdue or lost materials. 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. Fines that become more than thirty days past due are automatically 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."
Overdue fines for non-Reserve items are $.50 per day per item, up to a maximum of $20 per item.
The fine for failure to return a recalled item within one week is $1 per day. Keep in mind that anything you check out may be recalled before it is due.
If an item becomes more than 45 days overdue, it will be billed as an unreturned item. The fee for a lost or unreturned item includes replacement cost plus $15 for processing. Payment for a lost item does not clear an overdue fine associated with it.
Items with short-term loan periods will be billed as lost even before they become 45 days overdue. For example, a final notice will be generated after one week for overdue Reserve items, and a final notice will be generated after 21 days for an overdue item with a one-week loan period.
The fee for processing a check from an account with insufficient funds is $15.
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 $20 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.