Answered By: Main Library
Last Updated: May 25, 2017     Views: 85

No fines are charged for most material in the MSU Libraries, but overdue fines are charged for the following high-demand material items when returned after the due date.

  • Reserves: $1.00 per hour. Laptops (available in some branches) and Collaborative Technology Lab material: $6.00/hour. NOTE: Our system considers an item that is one minute overdue to be a full hour overdue. Therefore, the full hourly amount is assessed for any portion of an hour overdue, even one minute.
  • Recalled material, software, CDs, records, videos, DVDs, 7-day items: $1 per day.
  • Material borrowed from other libraries (interlibrary loan, ILLiad, or MeLCat): $2 per day.

When an item is significantly overdue, the borrower is billed for its replacement and borrowing privileges are suspended without notice until the account is paid in full or material is returned or replaced by the borrower. Holds are placed on MSU student enrollment, registration, diplomas, and transcripts at the same time.

Minimum replacement charges are $50 for a book, $75 for a periodical, $100 for an item not found in Books in Print. Current market value is charged whenever it is higher than the minimum replacement charge.

  • Billed material cannot be renewed online. It must be brought to Patron Services or a branch library for renewal.
  • When a billed item is returned, the replacement charge is cancelled but overdue fines may be charged.
  • Unresolved bills may be turned over to a collection agency any time after 30 days from date of issue.

If a borrower owes money, privileges are suspended without notice. Payment may be made by mail (address at the end of these policies), at the Main Library Patron Services Desk, or by calling 517.355.2333 with Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.