Fines

Each item you check out will have a due date and time. Due dates may change based on renewals and recall requests. Items not returned or renewed by the due date/time are subject to overdue fines or replacement charges.

  • Borrowing is suspended when fines or charges reach $20.00 or more.
  • Borrowing privileges are reinstated when outstanding charges are paid.
  • Student borrowers with unpaid accounts may be subject to cancellation of registration.
  • Borrowers with unpaid accounts may also be subject to referral to a collection agency.

Stay on top of your items and due dates with My Library Account to avoid library fines.

Appeals

Staff at library service points can help you resolve your fines concerns.  You may be directed to our online appeal form.

I want to check my fines

Log in to My Library Account to see the fines on your account. You will be suspended from borrowing if your library fines reach $20.00 or more.

Renew your items before they are due to avoid fines!

I want to pay my fine

Paying your fine

Outstanding charges can be paid:

  • online by Interac, VISA or MasterCard, login to your My Library Account
  • in person by Interac, VISA, MasterCard ($2.00 minimum) at the Main Loan Desk
  • in person by cash or cheque at the Main Loan Desk and Curriculum Library
  • by mail to: University of Victoria Libraries, McPherson Library, PO Box 1800 Stn CSC, Victoria, BC V8W 3H5

I have damaged or lost a borrowed item

Damaged items

Damaged library items must be reported to the appropriate loan desk. Borrowers will be charged the cost of replacement or cost of repair, as appropriate, and applicable overdue fines.

An item with an overdue penalty of $20.00 will be assumed lost, and a replacement bill will be issued.

Queries regarding fines can be directed to the Main Loan Desk, Music and Media Services Loan Desk, the Curriculum Library Loan Desk, or the Law Library Loan Desk

Lost and missing items

Lost library items must be reported to the appropriate loan desk. Borrowers will be charged the cost of replacement, a $30.00 processing fee and applicable overdue fines.

An item with an overdue penalty of $20.00 will be assumed lost and a replacement bill will be issued.

Questions about lost items and fines can be asked at the Main Loan Desk, Music and Media Services Loan Desk, the Curriculum Library Loan Desk, or the Law Library Loan Desk.

I have overdue items

Overdue items

Items are due at the hour and/or the day noted, either as specified at the time of loan or renewal or as modified by a recall notice.

If an item is not returned by the end of the loan period, you are subject to penalties and sanctions. Failure to receive a notice does not exempt the borrower from penalties and sanctions.

Renew your items before they are overdue.

Late return charges

  • Overdue items: $1.00 per day
  • Overdue recalled items: $2.00 per day
  • Overdue reserve items: $1.20 per hour
  • Overdue equipment: variable overdue fees 
  • Overdue Interlibrary Loan items: $2.00 per day (renewals not available)

Who do I talk to about my fines?

McPherson Library
Mearns Centre for Learning

250-721-8230

  • Fine negotiations and payments for all items with the exception of materials from Music and Media, Curriculum Library and Law Library.
  • Fine payments for interlibrary loan materials.

McPherson Library
Mearns Centre for Learning, Bessie Brooks Winspear Music and Media Commons

250-721-8232

  • Fine negotiations for all music scores, music books, media items and equipment.

Curriculum Library
MacLaurin Bldg, Room D201

250-721-7900

  • Fine negotiations and payments for all Curriculum Library materials.

Diana M Priestly Law Library

Fraser Building, Room 160

250-721-8565

  • Fine negotiations for all Law Library materials

McPherson Library
Mearns Centre for Learning, Room 292

Hours

250-721-8234

  • Fine negotiations for interlibrary loan materials.