Borrowing library materials is not a right it is a privilege. When items are not returned in a timely manner, they are not available to other patrons who need to use them. It is important that all library materials, Reserves, laptops, and other books and videos be returned on time. The SUNY Policy of the Board of Trustees mandates that all campus libraries have a fine policy to reinforce the loan period limits so that materials are available after a reasonable time for other patrons to use.
In the case of lost items, fees are used to cover the cost of replacement, and the processing fee covers the cost of the additional workload placed on staff to process the items for the collection. Fines and/or fees cannot be waived or reduced without authorization.
If an item has not been returned, fines continue to accumulate. In addition, any holds which have been triggered by the fines will remain until the fines are paid.