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Renewals, Overdue Books, and Replacement Charges


Items that have not been requested by another borrower or reached the renewal limit may be renewed using the My Catalog function on the library system. Patrons may also renew by bringing materials to any library on the Danforth Campus. Patrons may also call circulation at 314-935-5420 or email circulation at circ@wumail.wustl.edu to renew books. If the books have reached their renewal limit or are very overdue, they must be brought to a library to be checked in.

Overdue Books and Fines

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Overdue fines for Olin Library books are charged as follows:

General collection materials:
20 cents/day
Nonbook media:
Recalled materials:
40 cents/day
Fines for overdue reserve materials are:
2-Hour, 3-Hour: 60 cents/hour or fraction thereof
1, 2 & 5-Day: $1.00/day or fraction thereof

A borrower who fails to return a book after the second overdue notice has been sent will be charged for replacement. In addition, borrowing privileges will be suspended. Overdue fines are waived when a replacement charge for the lost book has been paid.

Lost Books and Replacement Charges

Olin Library holds borrowers financially responsible for all library material checked out on their accounts. Borrowers are responsible for notifying the Circulation Unit immediately if library material is lost or stolen. To speak with a member of the Circulation Unit, borrowers may visit the Check-out Desk at Olin Library, call 314-935-5420, or e-mail circ@wumail.wustl.edu. The Circulation staff will assist borrowers in resolving their accounts or direct questions and concerns to the Circulation Librarian.

Charges for Lost & Stolen Material

Charges for lost and stolen library material are intended to help Olin Library replace the material and make it available for future use. A non-refundable $15.00 processing fee is charged in addition to the replacement cost. Replacement costs vary for Washington University's material. MOBIUS items have a replacement cost of $100.00 and a $20.00 processing fee.

Payment by the borrower in no way implies transfer of ownership of library property. Unreturned items remain the property of the library. If the borrower finds and returns the material in good condition after paying for the material, the replacement cost will be refunded or credited, but the processing fee will remain.

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