(1) The dean or his
or her designee establishes a schedule of fines for materials not returned by
the due date or time and for materials which are damaged or lost by a patron or
borrower. Fines are in addition to replacement charges and repair charges,
which are based on the actual cost of such replacement or repair. All patrons
and borrowers are subject to the established fines and charges. The established
schedule of fines and charges is available on the library web page and at the
circulation desk of each library facility.
(2) Replacement charges are levied to pay for
the replacement of materials more than ninety days overdue. The replacement
charges include the cost of the material and the cost of processing the
material for the shelves. Regardless of the amount of fines, fees, and charges
that a borrower pays, all library materials remain state property.
(3) Binding, mending, and damage charges are
levied to repair material, to prepare replacement materials for circulation, or
to compensate for the decreased value of materials due to irreparable
(4) Fines are monetary
sanctions imposed for the failure to return materials to the library by the
designated time or date. Materials due on a designated date must be returned
before the library's close of business on that day. Materials due at a
designated time are overdue if returned to the unit from which it was borrowed
more than five minutes after that time.
(5) Fines, charges, and/or unpaid fees levied
by the library are a debt to Washington State University. All policies and law
applicable to university debts apply to the fines, charges, and unpaid
(6) The library may levy
reasonable charges to defray the costs incurred by the library in billing for
fines, charges, and unpaid fees.
(7) The library sends all notices and
invoices for fines, charges, and unpaid fees by United States first class,
campus, or electronic mail. A library patron or borrower owes the fines,
charges, and fees invoiced even if the patron or borrower does not receive a
notice or invoice for those amounts.