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Library Fines

Fines are charged for overdue books, inter-Library loans, working papers, DVDs, locker keys.

It is your responsibility to manage your library borrowing and to renew or return your books on time.

Check your library account for current loans, and any outstanding fines. All users, whether researchers or staff, are liable for fines.

Fines are calculated automatically on the basis of the number of days an item is overdue and  the type of material. The days the EUI is closed are not taken into account for this purpose.

Any queries on fines should be sent to [email protected]   

How fines are calculated


Loan items are divided into three groups:

Normal loans:

€0.50 per day for first 2 weeks;
€1.00 per day after

Suspension of library rights after two weeks
An automatic penalty bill of €70.00 is charged after one month

Overnight loans:

€1.00 per day for first 4 days;
€2.00 per day after

Suspension of library rights after two weeks 
An automatic penalty bill of €70.00 is charged after one month

Inter-library loans:

€1.00 per day for first 4 days;
€2.00 per day after

Suspension of library rights after two weeks
An automatic penalty bill of €70.00 is charged after one month

Grace period  

  • Fines will be waived on normal loans returned within 6 days of the due date
  • Fines will be waived on overnight loans returned within one day of the due date
  • There is no grace period for Inter-Library Loans

How to pay fines


You can pay your fine in the Library (Library Coordinator’s Office on the entrance floor) by ATM/credit card only from Monday to Friday, during normal office hours.

If you are still at the Institute, you can also pay by bank transfer at the BancaCRF. If you are out of Florence, please contact  [email protected]  in order to have full details of bank transfers from within Italy and abroad. 

Proof of payment should be taken to Library Coordinator’s Office or sent to [email protected], and if you have a library suspension, it will be lifted immediately.

 

Suspension and billing


  • You will be suspended from all Library services, including access to electronic resources, if any item is more than two weeks overdue or if fines have accumulated to €50.00 or more.
  • After one month users will receive an automatic penalty bill of €70.00 for each item overdue.
  • Payment is obligatory even if the item is returned later. Any extra replacement costs will also be charged.

Reminder messages


You will receive e-mails from the Library reminding you that:

  • Your item is about to become overdue (3 days before the due date, not available for overnight loans)
  • Your item is overdue and should be returned as soon as possible to avoid a fine (sent the day after the book is due back)
  • Your item will shortly exceed the grace period and will be subject to a fine when returned (sent six days after the book is due)
  • Your book is seriously overdue: you are suspended from borrowing activity and the fine rate will be increased (sent fourteen days after the book is due)
  • You are about to billed for the replacement cost of the book (sent one month after the book was due back)
  • You are being billed for the default replacement cost of the book and may be further billed for the real replacement or historic cost of the book (sent the next day)
  • You are is being billed for the real replacement or historic cost of the book

Page last updated on 19 September 2018