Fines & Lost items

CMU Libraries charge fines to all users for overdue, lost or damaged material including missing peripherals (parts, case, chargers, etc).

Excluding multimedia fines, payment can be made at any circulation desk using either cash or check. Outstanding student fines and multimedia charges are transferred to your SIO account at the close of each month; at which time a processing fee may be applied. All faculty/staff fines must be paid in full at the circulation desk or through departmental charge.

Item Cost per day (or hour) Lost/Damaged charges
Books 25¢ fines + replacement cost + $30
Book recalls if not returned within 3-5 days 25¢  
Book recalls after due date 50¢  
Book returned after "lost" item is ordered   fines + replacement cost + $30
Course reserves 50¢ an hour fines + replacement cost + $50 for rush processing
iPads and Music gadgets (AirTurn foot pedals) $10 fines + replacement cost + $30
Journals 50¢ an hour  
Multimedia equipment $25 fines + replacement cost
*fines go to HUB account and cannot be paid at Libraries

In some cases fines, unreturned items, or other bills may lead to a block on your library account. Users with blocked accounts can't borrow items until the bill is settled.

Block reason Explanation
Another user has requested an item you have checked out You have 14 days to return an item once you receive an email notification. Please return the item to a circulation desk.
You have overdue fines If your fines exceed $25 or you have 10 overdue items.
You checked out Course reserves but didn't return the materials Course reserves cannot be removed from the library. If you remove a course reserve item or fail to return it after 2 hours, your account will be blocked until you return the item to the circulation desk.
You're a student at a local college or university Please make sure you don't have any overdue materials or need to pay a fine.