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.
Library Account Services, first floor, Suzzallo Library, Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm (Closed Sat., Sun., & Holidays)
Make check or money order payable to "University of Washington" and mail to:
Library Account Services
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.
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 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
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 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.
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