What are the library's fees for overdue or lost items?



Normally, overdue fines are not charged. Exceptions include:

Item Type
Fine Amounts
Recalled items
$1.00 per item/day until returned
Bound journals
$1.00 per item/day until returned
$1.00 per item/day until returned
Reserve items
$1.00 per item/hour or day until returned



All borrowers are financially responsible for replacement costs and related processing fees for lost, non-returned, or damaged items. Student billing is processed through the NMSU Business Office. Faculty, staff, and guest borrowers are billed directly. Fees and billing will occur as follows:

Interval    Action Amount
30 days after due date
System applies "Lost" status on record of overdue item and blocks borrower's circulation privileges
$15.00 processing fee per item
Before billing occurs at 120 days
Replacement of item by borrower upon library approval
$15.00 processing fee + replacement item
120 days after due date
- Students billed to Business Office
- Faculty and guests billed directly
Replacement cost of item or $35.00 (whichever is greater) + 
$15.00 processing fee
Damage noted when returned
Billed for damaged item
Full or partial replacement cost + $15.00 processing fee
Up to 6 months from billing date
Credit available for returned item
Credit for amount billed; $15.00 processing fee non-refundable



Library fines and fees may be appealed. To initiate an appeal, an appeal form must be completed and submitted to the Access Services Department Head who may forgive or reduce billing charges. The decision of the Department Head is final.

Take a look at our Library Circulation Policy page for more info.

  • Last Updated Jul 13, 2022
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  • Answered By Wendy Simpson

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