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Circulation Policies

Who Can Borrow What and For How Long

Fines and fees

The day after a fine is assessed to your patron account, you will receive email notification of the fine. Fines are due and payable upon receipt of notice. Fines are paid online:

For your convenience, the link to the online fine payment form can also be found in several other locations:

  • In the Library catalog under Library Links
  • In your patron account (“My Library Account”) in the Library catalog
  • In the fine notice that is emailed to the patron on the day after the fine is incurred.

Fines are assessed as follows:

DMU Collection

$1.00 per day. One day of grace.*

Reserve Collection

3-Day Reserve

$.50 per hour. Fifteen minutes of grace.*

$1.00 per day. One day of grace.*

Board Collection

$1.00 per day. One of grace.*

Leisure Reading Collection

$.50 per day. One day of grace.*


$1.00 per day. One day of grace.*

*Fines for grace periods are added to the fine total if item is returned after the grace period.

Students with fines may continue to check out and renew items.

To view the amount of your library fine, go to the Library Catalog and click on My Library Account. Enter your name and ID badge number to access your account. Once you are in your account, if you have a fine, there will be an Unpaid Fines button which you can click to see the amount of your fine.

Fines of $10 or more will be reported to the Accounting office approximately one month after the fine has been incurred. At that time the fine will be added to the student’s account.

Lost or damaged items

If an item is lost or damaged, the patron will be charged the replacement cost of the item, plus a fee. For items which are declared lost before they are overdue, the patron will be charged the replacement cost plus a $5 processing fee. For items which have been billed after being 4 weeks overdue, the patron will be charged the replacement cost plus a $20 processing fee/maximum overdue fine.

Dispute resolution/special circumstances

If a patron responds to a fine notice indicating that the item has been returned, the Library will investigate and will waive all related fines if the fine is the result of a Library error.

Patrons may request that fines be reduced or waived if extenuating circumstances are present. Decisions to waive or reduce fines will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Library Circulation Coordinator. You may reply to your fine notice and let me know your situation. You may also send an email to, or call 271-1537.


Des Moines University Library