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Newman University Library

Our fines

We only charge fines for items we've not been able to automatically renew, which then become overdue if they've not been returned. This helps everyone get access to books.

Our fines are:

Type of loan

Fine per day

Maximum fine amount

Standard loans and School Experience items

7 days penalty-free,
followed by £1.00 per day

up to £20.00 per item

Inter-library loans

£3.00 per day

up to £50.00 per item

Laptops

£1.00 per hour

up to £50.00 per item

We send an email on the day your item is due back if it has not renewed. We also send 2 further emails reminding you to bring the item back within 7 days in order to avoid fines. If you don’t receive it, you are still responsible for returning items on time and for any fines. 

Get in touch with us to discuss your overdues, fines and other charges if you are finding it difficult to get into the library to return your books or you are in financial difficulty.

We send you reminders about overdues to your Newman email address. If you still haven’t returned your overdue items within 5 weeks, we will contact you by phone and post.

Our last resort is to refer you to a debt collection agency.

Charges for lost and damaged items

Lost items

We will charge replacement item fee of £40 plus a £5 processing charge when either:

  • an item becomes overdue by 5 weeks (inclusive of the 7-day fine-free period), or
  • you tell us that you have lost the item

whichever occurs first.

If you wish, you can buy your own replacement copy and bring it to the Library. The replacement must be: in good condition, not marked or highlighted and of the same edition as the lost item. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a replacement, we recommend that you check with the Library before you spend any money.

When you bring a replacement copy to the Library, we will waive the replacement fee, but you will still be charged the £5 processing charge.

We will waive the overdue fines on lost items once you have paid the replacement fee or we have received a suitable replacement copy.

Damaged items

If you return an item in a damaged condition, we will assess whether the damage caused during your loan of the item was avoidable and if the item is still usable.

If we decide that the damage was avoidable and the item is unusable, we will charge a replacement fee of £40 plus a £5 processing charge. As with the 'Lost' items procedure, you can choose to buy a suitable replacement yourself and bring it to the Library. If you do this, we will waive the replacement item fee, but you will still need to pay the £5 processing charge.

If you buy a replacement copy, it must be: in good condition, not marked or highlighted (regardless of the condition of the damaged item when you first borrowed it) and of the same edition as the damaged item. If you are in any doubt as to the suitability of a replacement, we recommend that you check with the Library before you spend any money.

Library staff are very experienced at understanding the expected life and wear of books and we will use our discretion fairly before we apply any charges for replacement of damaged items.


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