Payment of Fines

Online or by phone

Use our secure server to pay your fines with Visa or Mastercard. Your account will be credited by 5 pm the next business day. For phone payment, call 206-543-1174.

In Person

Library Account Services, first floor, Suzzallo Library, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Closed Sat., Sun., & Holidays)

By Mail

Make check or money order payable to "University of Washington" and mail to:

Library Account Services
Suzzallo Library
UW Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA 98195-2900

Library Account Services accepts cash, check, Visa, Mastercard, Discover and Husky Card. For questions about billing or to appeal a charge, contact the billing library unit.

The complete text of the UW Libraries Loan Code and Circulation Policies.


For questions about billing or to appeal a charge, contact Library Account Services.

More information about borrowing policies and appeals.

Assessment of Charges

Fines are assessed to encourage prompt renewal and return of materials. Fines apply all days and all hours, even if the library is closed, and are assessed after an item is overdue.  Fees are levied to defray the costs incurred by the Libraries in billing, processing sanctions and other activities related to the recovery of material.


Standard Loans

Standard loans are items with loan periods of 6 days or more and are assessed daily overdue fines.

1-20 days overdue $.50/day
At 21 days overdue the item may be billed as lost

Lost item charges may include the following:

  • $15 lost item process fee
  • $150 or more item replacement fee (see Replacement Charges for more information, including Summit replacement costs)
  • $10 maximum overdue fine retroactive to the due date

NoteAssessment of charges for Gallagher Law Library items may be different


Reserve Loans and loans of less than 3 days

Loans with due times or days between 2 hours and 3 days are assessed hourly fines.

1 - 10 hours overdue $2.50/hour
At 11 hours overdue the item may be billed as lost

Lost items charges include the following:

  • $25 lost item process fee
  • $150 or more item replacement fee
  • $25 maximum overdue fine

Note: Reserve materials must be returned to the Reserve Desk where checked out.

Damage Charges

Damage charges are levied to repair material or to compensate for the decreased value of materials due to irreparable damage. Damage fees consist of $15.00 for books that can be circulated after repair. A standard replacement charge is assessed when the damaged item cannot be circulated any longer or is replaced.

Replacement Charges

Items belonging to the University of Washington Libraries or borrowed through Interlibrary Loan have a standard replacement fee of $150.00, but can be adjusted higher or lower by the owning library to fit the actual cost.  Items borrowed from Summit Libraries have a standard replacement fee of $90.00.

Patrons are encouraged to pursue replacing items themselves if an item has not yet been withdrawn from the library system and they can find it cheaper than the standard replacement cost. The patron should contact the Libraries before purchasing a copy to verify that it will be accepted.  Summit and Interlibrary Loan items cannot be replaced.

If a book is paid by the patron, and the original book is found later, the original book remains the property of the state and must be returned.


Unpaid fines and charges may result in one or more of these actions:

  • Blocking of registration, graduation, transcripts
  • Revocation of borrowing privileges
  • Referral to a collection agency
  • Suspension of borrowing privileges:
    • May occur if charges total $5.00 or more
    • Will occur with referral to collection agency