Fines and penalties for overdue items

Temporary changes to borrowing rules

We have temporarily suspended most library fines for overdue items (excludes Laptop and related loans, and Hololens loans). We encourage you to return your items on time and in line with any Queensland Government health guidelines.

Overdue fines apply for overdue items and you will not be able to borrow, renew, or place requests if you have one or more overdue items.

See how to pay a fine.

Loan categoryOverdue fineReplacement charge for very overdue items
General, including Semestern/a

14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

3 day & 7 day$4 per day

14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

2 hour, end of day & 24 hour

$2 per hour, or part thereof

14 days after due date

$145 replacement charge*

Hololens$35 per day

14 days after due date

$5600 replacement charge**


Laptop charger

Laptop locker


14 days after due date

Laptop: $1250 replacement charge*

Laptop charger: $90 replacement charge*

Laptop locker: $1250 replacement charge*

Fines are totalled and added to your account when items are returned and processed.

*This replacement charge includes a $20 administration fee that is payable even if you return the item and have the charge for the item waived. E.g. for a replacement charge of $145, $125 would be waived and $20 would be payable.

** The replacement charge of $5600 will be waived when you return the 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 very overdue 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 to dispute a fine or explain extenuating circumstances.

Dispute a fine

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

Extenuating circumstances

We will listen sympathetically.

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

Applicable policies and rules

Replacement costs are payable under the Library Code of Practice