Leeds University Library

Overdue items and fines

If you do not return or renew items on or before the return date they will become overdue.

If the item has been requested by another customer you will then start to accumulate fines. We charge fines on overdue requested items to encourage you to return them on time, as other customers are waiting for them. Fines on overdue items will not show in your Library record until you renew or return them. 

Fines are also charged on 4 hour and 1 day loan items.

Fines will not be charged on standard loan overdue items that have not been requested by another customer, but you may be prevented from borrowing anything else until overdue items are renewed or returned.

How do I know when an item is overdue?

Prevent items becoming overdue by regularly checking your Library record.
When an item becomes overdue we will email your University account. If you do not return the item we will continue to email you every few days.

If after several reminders you have not returned the item, we will invoice you for the cost of replacing it. If you then return the item you will not have to pay the replacement cost. Items that have been requested by other customers, high demand items and 1 day loans will incur fines in addition to the replacement charge.

Can I renew overdue items?

Yes. You can renew via self-service or your online Library record if your standard loan (including core text) is up to two weeks overdue. After this you can still renew by speaking to staff at the enquiry desk.  Fines will not be charged on standard loan overdue items that have not been requested by another customer.

However, if you have an overdue recalled or High Demand item, you will be unable to renew anything via self-service, or borrow any new items. Please speak to staff at the enquiry desk for assistance. Fines on these items will not show within your Library record until you renew or return them.

Renewing and returning

How much are the fines?

  • Requested items £2.50 per day
  • 1-day loan £1 per day
  • 4-hour loan £1 for the first hour and 50p for every subsequent hour or part of an hour.

Fines are not charged for days the Library is closed.

If you owe more than £30.00 (undergraduates and external borrowers) or £50.00 (staff and postgraduates) in fines, you will not be able to borrow any more items or renew those already checked out to you. You should pay off some of your fines to bring them below these levels. Fines continue to accumulate if you have overdue items on your record.

Contact the Library as soon as possible if you have any questions about your Library record.


How can I pay my fines?

Online:
Log in to the secure online payment service and pay with a credit or debit card.
There is no minimum amount you can pay via this service.
If you have any questions, email us.

Phone:
Call 0113 343 5663 and follow the options to talk to a member of staff (staffed hours only).
You must pay at least £5 and use a credit or debit card.

Post:
Send a cheque payable to "University of Leeds".
Please write your full name and library barcode number on the back of the cheque.
There is no minimum amount you can pay via this service.

In person:
Pay at any Library enquiry desk, regardless of where the fine was incurred.
You can pay by cash, most major credit/debit cards except American Express, or cheque (with a valid cheque guarantee card).
You must pay at least £5 when using a cheque or card.