All four-week materials are subject to a $0.25 per day fine. The fine for unbound periodicals, bound periodicals, and special exception items is $0.50 per day per item. There is a five day grace period on books, annual reports, and government documents; however, on the sixth day, a fine of $1.50 is owed. The grace period does not apply to periodicals or special exception items. Fines are cumulative. If fines remain under $3.00 during a semester, the fine will be dropped at the end of that semester. The maximum fine per item is $10.00. A non-refundable $15.00 processing fee is added to any item which becomes a year overdue.
Patron borrowing privileges will be blocked when total obligations are $25.00 or higher. Payment must be made before privileges will be reinstated. If a patron's fines exceed $25.00, the patron is eligible for a one time only reduction in fines back to $25.00. This reduction must be requested at the Circulation Desk prior to any fine payment.
A patron needing an item that is checked out to another patron may place a recall on the item. A notice is sent to the patron who has the item notifying the patron that the item has a new recall due date. A $1.00 per day fine will be assessed if the item is not returned by this recall due date. Maximum recall fine is $40 per item. For more information, please go to the Holds and Recalls page.
The fine for overdue reserve material is $0.60 per hour for "Library Only" items with a maximum fine of $10.00 per item per day. The fine for one day, three day, and seven-day items is $0.50 per day with a maximum of $10.00 per item. Textbook fines are $0.10 per minute with a maximum of $100.00 per item. There is no grace period on reserve items.
When an item becomes 40 days overdue, the patron is charged replacement costs plus a $15.00 processing fee per item. There is a $25.00 minimum charge per lost item. Exception: The lost charge for an irreplaceable item is a minimum of $265.00 ($250 replacement + processing fee). If payment has been made and the item is returned within one year after the due date, the difference between the lost charges and maximum fine will be refunded. Exception: Lost unbound periodicals are replaced immediately after they become forty days overdue. Patrons will be responsible for the replacement and processing costs of these issues. No refunds will be made for "lost and paid" unbound issues that have had replacement copies ordered.
The appeals process allows patrons of the Wichita State University Libraries to appeal overdue fines, lost fees, and other charges applied to their accounts. WSU Libraries Appeals Form
Questions Frequently Asked About Appeals
Q: Who can appeal charges on a library account?
A: Any registered user of Wichita State University Libraries has the option to contest charges on their library account including WSU students, faculty, staff, and Community Users if they believe the fees have been mistakenly assessed or if extenuating circumstances may warrant reduction or cancelation of the charges.
Q: How do I appeal charges on my library record?
A: You may submit an Appeal for Waiver or Reduction of Library Fines/Lost Charges form to the Circulation Desk within six months after the due date of the item(s) in question. Forms can be picked up at Circulation or printed from the above link. You will be notified by mail a few weeks before the Appeal Committee is scheduled to hear your case.
Q: How often does the Appeals Committee meet?
A: The University Senate's Library Appeals Committee meets once a semester. You will be notified by email or US postal service mail concerning the date, time, and location of the meeting.
Q: What is the Appeals Committee?
A: The University Senate's Library Appeals Committee comprises faculty, staff, and students from across campus.
Q: What are reasons for which an appeal will be denied?
A: The following reasons are generally not regarded as valid for canceling or reducing charges:
Lack of knowledge of library policy
Disagreement with library fine or fee structure
Material loaned to a third party
Non-receipt or late receipt of library reminder notice
Returning items to libraries other than the WSU libraries