Fines for overdue loans

Fines have been temporarily suspended

From 19 March 2020: we have temporarily suspended fines and account blocking for overdue loans as part of changes to our borrowing rules in response to COVID-19 (coronavirus). Fines will not accrue for any item that is overdue after 19 March. 

See how to pay a fine.

Loan category Overdue fine Replacement charge for lost item
General, including Semester None

Issued 14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

3 day & 7 day $4 per day

Issued 14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

End of day & 24 hour

$2 per hour, or part thereof

Issued 14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

* When an item is 14 days overdue, it is considered to be lost and the replacement charge is applied automatically. The replacement charge of $145 includes a $20 administration fee that is payable even if you return the item and have the charge for the item ($125 unless otherwise specified) waived.

Fines are totalled and added to your account when you return an item.

Fines for very overdue items

We take the non-return of library items seriously and academic sanctions do apply. You may be prevented from re-enrolling in UQ courses if within 14 days of receiving the replacement charge for a lost item:

  • you fail to return an item to the library OR
  • you fail to pay the replacement charge

UQ Library reserves the right to take further action if you leave the University with Library property.

Dispute overdue fines/extenuating circumstances

Email askus@library.uq.edu.au to dispute a fine or explain extenuating circumstances.

Dispute a fine

  • Contact us within 14 days of receiving the replacement charge for a lost item
  • Provide a valid explanation as to why library items have not been returned or renewed by the due date

Extenuating circumstances

We will listen sympathetically.

  • Contact us as soon as possible if you have lost or damaged items
  • You may incur a replacement charge for lost or damaged items 
  • If a replacement charge is paid for a lost item and the item is subsequently returned, refunds will not be given after 28 days

Applicable policies and rules