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Borrow, renew, return

These pages explain circulation services and policies at the Stanford University Libraries, including borrowing periods, renewals, and return policies. While policies vary by library and user privilege level (faculty, staff, undergraduate, alumni, etc.), books typically have longer lending periods than other materials, such as DVDs and media. Still have questions after reading these pages? Contact

Pay or contest a fine

Fines on overdue materials can be paid only after the item is returned or declared lost. Fines and fees must be paid in full.

Pay online

Log into My Account and select the Bills and payments tab to see a list of outstanding fines and fees. All fines and fees must be paid in full. 

Pay in person

Green Library and the Engineering Library can accept cash and check payments at their circulation desks for all Stanford libraries. Contact other individual libraries to determine their payment policies.

Pay by mail

Make a check payable to "Stanford University Libraries". Please include a note with your University or Library ID number. Send the check to:

Cecil H. Green Library
Access Services Dept.
557 Escondido Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6063

Contest a fine

To contest a fine or fee, go to the circulation desk of the library that owns the item in question and speak with a desk supervisor. Contested fines and fees must be resolved with the owning library before payment can be made.


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.