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Fines and Fees

The campus community relies on the Library and its services for materials to support research and teaching in every field. The Library, in turn, relies on its users for help in its efforts to provide equal and timely access to the materials in its collection. When materials are not returned in a timely manner, other users are denied access to these resources. Library users help by returning or renewing materials on or before the date they are due. Complying with Library circulation policies enables all users to share the wealth of our available resources.

Overdue Materials

Recalled and course reserve materials will incur an overdue fine. Overdue recalled materials may be subject to a $14.00 overdue fine. Overdue fines for hourly materials (including 3 and 24 hour reserve materials) begin accruing immediately after the item becomes due, beginning at $10.00 and increasing for each additional late hour. More information is available on the Course Reserves pages.

Very overdue items will be billed for replacement. Replacement charges include:

  • A replacement charge for the actual value of the item
  • $20.00 processing fee - covering the Library's costs to order and process the material
  • $14.00 non-refundable billing fee - the Library's costs to issue the billing notice and process cancellations and payments

A partial reduction or refund of these charges may be possible if the item is returned within one year (does not apply to Tech Lending items).

Lost or Stolen Materials

Immediately report lost or stolen materials to the Library to address potential billing fees, processing fees, and replacement charges. The Library does not accept in-kind replacements for lost or stolen materials.

Damaged Book Policy

You are responsible for any damage that occurs to an item while it is checked out to you.

Claims Returned

If you receive an overdue notice or bill for an item that has been returned, or you believe has been returned, contact the Library.

Paying Library Bills

The UC San Diego Library cannot collect direct payments. Library fines and fees may not be recharged.Payments for any Library bill can be made in person at the Central Cashier's Office or by mail to:

University of California, San Diego
Central Cashier's Office
9500 Gilman Drive, 0009
La Jolla, CA 92093-0009

Your Library account may be temporarily suspended for non-payment of Library bills. Unpaid Library bills are assigned to a collection agency. Future course registration and access to transcripts may be blocked if Library bills are not paid.

Appealing Library Bills

An appeal may only be submitted after a bill for an overdue fee and/or replacement charge has been assessed.

Please state in detail the reason(s) for your billing appeal. Supporting documentation may be included.

Billing appeal decisions will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Notification of a decision will be sent via email within 5 business days.

Questions or Additional Information

Contact us or call (858) 822-1859 for more information on Library billing and policies.