Fines for overdue loans

See how to pay a fine.

Loan category Fine while overdue Bill for replacement
Standard None

Issued 14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

7 day & 3 day $4 per day

Issued 5 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

2 hour, end of day,
overnight & 24 hour

$2 per hour, or part thereof

Issued 24 hours after due date

$145 replacement charge*

Recalled $1.40 per day

Issued 14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

Equipment $20 per hour

Issued 24 hours after due date

$145 replacement charge*

* Replacement cost 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
  • Bills for replacement may be issued up to 14 days after the item due date

Fines for very overdue items

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

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

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 explaining extenuating circumstances.

Dispute a fine

  • Contact us within 14 days of receiving the bill for replacement
  • 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 fee for lost or damaged items 
  • Refunds will not be given after 28 days

Applicable policies and rules