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Overdue, Lost or Damaged Materials

General collection items have a 3-day grace period

Late Fees

  • General collections & maps: $0.25/day per item
  • Bound journals: $0.25/day
  • Calculators: $1.00/hour
  • Course reserves: $2.00/hour for hourly circulating items; $2.00/day for 2-day circulating items
  • DVDs/CDs/Videos: $0.25/day
  • Headphones: $1.00/hour
  • Interlibrary loans: $0.50/day
  • Kindles: $1.00/day
  • Laptop computers: $5.00 within the first hour; $10.00 each additional hour
  • Laptop mice: $1.00/hour
  • Lockers: $1.00/day
  • Magic Wands (portable scanners): $1.00/hour
  • Media: $0.25/day
  • Nexus 7 Tablet: $5.00 within the first hour; $10.00 each additional hour
  • Nexus 10 Tablet: $2.00/day
  • Recalled items: $2.00/day
  • Research & long term study rooms: $1.00/day
  • Study rooms: $5.00 first hour; $10.00 each additional hour
  • Summit loans: $0.50/day first 10 days; $1.00/day next 15 days
  • Whiteboard markers: $1.00/hour

There is a 3-day grace period for the general collection with full charges beginning on the 4th day. (Recalls, holds, Summit, and interlibrary loan items do not have a grace period). A reminder notice is emailed 7 days after the due date.

Library charges are submitted to Business Affairs and posted directly to your OSU account. An invoice is mailed to you at the end of each month during which there is account activity. Library overdue fines remain on your library record for 6 months and lost item fines for 1 year for record keeping purposes. If you have paid the charges and your student account reflects payment, please ignore paid fines listed on your library account.

Appealing Library Charges

You may appeal library fines or charges for lost or damaged materials if you believe the charges have been mistakenly assessed or that extenuating circumstances warrant reduction or cancellation of the Library charges billed through the Business Office. Appeals should be made within 30 calendar days of the original billing. You will receive a response by email within one week.

Appealing Library Charges Form

Borrowing privileges will be temporarily suspended if library charges exceed $100 for non-OSU patrons until those charges have been resolved.

Lost or Damaged Library Materials

Replacement costs:

  • Bound Journals: $140
  • Calculators: $20–$140
  • Course Reserves: $140
  • DVDs/CDs/Videos: $140
  • Headphones - Noise Cancelling: $300
  • Headphones - All other: $10
  • Interlibrary Loan items: $100
  • Kindles: $240
  • Laptops: $2,000
  • Laptop Mice: $30
  • Locker Key: $30
  • Magic Wands: $125
  • Maps: $70 print format, $140 CD format
  • Nexus 7 Tablet: $240
  • Nexus 10 Tablet: $550
  • OSU items: $70
  • Room Keycard: $25
  • Summit items: $75
  • Tablets: $240
  • Whiteboard Markers: $5

The borrower is financially responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged library materials and/or equipment. Regardless of whether payment has been made for an item, library items remain the property of the university. Materials cannot be purchased from the library. Any person who has falsely claimed to have lost materials simply to retain possession can be charged for illegally possessing state property. If library items are damaged (especially by water), please return them immediately to Circulation so appropriate measures can be taken.

All items 6 weeks overdue are considered lost and your OSU account will be billed. The lost item charge for OSU items returned within 1 year of the billing date are automatically credited (overdue fines and processing fees may still apply). Refunds for Summit and ILL are determined by the lending library.

At the time of billing, a $15 processing fee is charged for each item to cover costs associated with buying and cataloging a new copy. Lost items remain on your library record for 1 year which allows an automatic credit if items are returned and usually will not affect your borrowing privileges.

Library charges are submitted to Business Affairs and posted directly to your OSU account. An invoice is mailed to you at the end of each month during which there is account activity. We do not receive record of your payments.

Borrowing privileges will be temporarily suspended if library charges exceed $100 for non-OSU patrons until those charges have been resolved.