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Overdue & Lost Material


Fines for overdue materials are calculated according to the following chart. Library patrons are responsible for any materials checked-out under their name, so you should not lend your card to anyone.

Please note that some items are fined on a "per hour" basis, while others are charged per day.

General stacks (books) 25 cents per day per book; $10 maximum per item
Reserve materials: one-hour 25 cents per hour per item; $10 maximum per item
Reserve materials: one, three, & 7 day $1.00 per day per item; $10 maximum per item
Periodicals $1.00 per day per item; $10 maximum per item
Audio Visual Materials $1.00 per day per item; $10 maximum per item
Lost Library Card $2*

*Note: This is for replacement of special patron library cards ONLY. Carson-Newman ID card replacements must be obtained through the Student Affairs Office.

Lost Materials

Patrons will be notified by e-mail (or "snail-mail" if e-mail is unavailable) of books and other materials which are overdue. Six overdue notices are automatically generated by the circulation system. At the end of each semester, items still not returned will be declared lost, and the patron to whom the materials were lent will be charged the sum of the current replacement cost plus a service charge of $10 per item plus the $10 maximum fine which will have accrued . When the current cost of an item is not available, an average cost of $50 per item is used. Charges for items declared lost are sent to the Business Office for collection, but if the items are returned, the library will have the replacement cost and processing fee removed. The patron will still need to pay the library for overdue fines that have accrued. The catalog record for items declared lost will indicate that in the location field of the online catalog record for one semester after the charge has been sent to the Business Office. After that time, the lost items will be withdrawn from the catalog. (The location “missing” is used for items unaccounted for during library inventory or other library activities, and should not be confused with the “lost” designation.”) Periodicals declared "lost" are purged annually.

Reviewed and modified: February 18, 1998 Library Personnel
Reviewed and modified: March 2, 1998 Library Personnel
Reviewed and approved: April 16, 1998 Library Committee
Online Access developed: October 7, 1998 Library Staff
Reviewed and Modified: January 26, 2000 Library Personnel
Updated: March 3, 2003 Library Personnel

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