Overdue items

Overdue items

Penalty structure for overdue Library items

The Library has a simple and fair approach to overdue items that results in suspension of privileges rather than incremental fines.

Items on loan will become overdue if they are not renewed by the due date. Items cannot be renewed if they have been recalled. 

  • You will get a reminder email before your item's due date
  • If your items become overdue your borrowing rights will be immediately suspended 
  • If you don't return the item, you will then receive an email invoice for replacement costs plus an administration fee
  • If items are subsequently returned, the replacement costs will be waived, but the administration fee stands
  • All outstanding Library charges will prevent you from re-enrolling, graduating, accessing your academic transcripts and exam results
  • All outstanding items must be returned before borrowing rights are reinstated

High demand items such as Reserve , 7 day loans and recalled items will move to invoice stage more quickly than standard items (see below).

How to avoid penalties

  • Return borrowed items by due date
  • Ensure items on loan to you are returned to the Library before travelling
  • Check your My Library account regularly
  • Check your email for Library notifications. These are sent to your official Macquarie University email address (staff and students) or the email address specified on your application (Community borrowers)

Review My Library regularly to:

  • Check when your loans are due
  • Renew loans before they become overdue
  • Check if any loans have been recalled

Overdue items

 
Borrowing blocked until item returned or renewedYes
Regular loansAfter 60 days - Invoice $150 for replacement costs plus $25 administration fee
Reserve (3 hr loan)Invoice $200 for replacement costs next business day plus $25 administration fee
Ultrabooks (24 hr loan)After 1 day - invoice $2304.50 for replacement costs plus $25 administration fee
Presentation Kits & Laptop locker keys (3 hr loan)After 2 days - invoice $150 for replacement costs plus $25 administration fee
Muse HeadbandsAfter 2 days - invoice $405 for replacement costs plus $25 administration fee
Serials (ARC)After 2 days- invoice $150 for replacement costs plus $25 administration fee
7 day loansInvoice $200 for replacement costs next business day plus $25 administration fee
Interlibrary loansLost items invoiced for replacement cost by supplying library
Recalled itemsAfter 2 days from recall due date - invoice $200 for replacement costs plus $25 administration fee
Student fines transferred to Bursar's officeMonthly
Staff finesReplacement costs as above
Associated borrowers finesReplacement costs as above
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