Borrow, renew, return

Fines and fees

Fines vary by loan period and lending library. Fines stop accruing when the item is returned, or when the item is declared lost and a bill for replacement is sent. Log into My Account to pay fines and fees.

Paid overdue fines cannot be refunded. Paid replacement fees may be eligible for a refund if the item is found and returned to the library within one year from the date the fee was paid. Read more about lost items or contesting a fine.

Overdue notices are a courtesy, sent to the email address provided by the University Registrar (Stanford affiliates) or when purchased library borrowing cards are created. Failure to receive a notice does not cancel obligations to pay fines or fees.

Reserves and hourly loans (including Media Reserves)

  • Late fines accrue immediately ($1.00/hour to a maximum of $30.00)
  • One day after due date: courtesy overdue reminder sent
  • Two days after due date: fee for replacement sent; borrowing privileges may be suspended

Items loaned for periods of 1-14 days, excluding Music Library 7 day loans

  • One day after due date: fines begin accruing ($1.50/day to a maximum of $10.50)
  • Two days after due date: courtesy overdue reminder sent
  • Eight days after due date: fee for replacement sent; borrowing privileges may be suspended

Items loaned for 28 days or longer and Music Library 7 day loans

  • No overdue fines charged (unless the item is recalled)
  • Two days after due date: courtesy overdue reminder sent
  • Fifteen days after due date: fee for replacement sent; borrowing privileges may be suspended

Recalled materials

  • One day after recall due date: fines begin accruing ($3.00/day to a maximum of $21.00)
  • Eight days after recall due date: fee for replacement sent; borrowing privileges may be suspended
  • Accrued recall fines will not be waived due to travel