Q. Does the library charge fines?


Auburn University active faculty, retired faculty, active staff, active Non-AU employees, and currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students do not pay overdue fines on materials checked out on regular (28-, 90-, and 180-day) loan periods. However, all patrons pay overdue fines on journals, wireless computers, power bars for the wireless computers, recalled items, reserve materials, headphones, and materials checked out with special permission.  The patrons listed above are blocked when they have accrued $100 in fines.  Fines and fees for undergraduate and graduate students are transferred to the student's bursar bill when fines reach $7.

Special Borrowers are charged fines on all overdue items.  Special Borrowers are blocked from all transactions including renewals if they have any overdue items.  They must bring in the overdue items and pay overdue fines before the blocks are removed.

Overdue Fine Rates




25¢ per hour


$1 per day

Power Cords for wireless computers

10¢ per minute

Recalled items

$1 per day

Reserve items (2-hour)

25¢ per hour

Reserve items (4-hour)

25¢ per hour

Reserve items (1-day)

50¢ per day

Reserve items (3-day)

50¢ per day

Reserve items (7-day)

50¢ per day

Special Borrower checkouts

25¢ per day

Special permission items

50¢ per day

Wireless Laptops

10¢ per minute

Materials which are 35 days past the due date are considered lost by the library and are placed into a new status called "lost-system applied".  Once they are in "lost-system applied", all patrons are charged a replacement cost for the item and a $15 non-refundable processing fee for each lost item.  Active faculty, retired faculty, active staff, Non-AU staff, and students are blocked from all circulation privileges when fines/fees reach $100.  Special Borrowers are blocked from checking out and renewing items when they accrue any fines or fees.


Depending upon which library the item was checked out at, you should discuss disputed overdue fines and fees during regular business hours with the Head of Circulation (RBD), the Head of the Library for Architecture, Design and Construction (LADC), or the Head of the Cary Veterinary Medical Library.  If the matter is not resolved with the appropriate head of the library, you may request that the Library Appeals Committee (LAC) consider your dispute.You must send a written appeal to the committee chair within fifteen days of the final discussion with the appropriate unit head as noted above.  Information concerning the appeals process can be obtained from the 1st floor circulation desk at the RBD Library and the branch libraries.

Because of the conflicting schedules of the Library Appeals Committee and the Bursar's Office, you may be required to pay the disputed charges.  If the LAC decides in your favor, then you will receive a refund.  The decision of the Library Appeals Committee is final. The committee chairperson will send you written notification of the committee's decision.


  • Last Updated Aug 05, 2019
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  • Answered By Bridget Farrell

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