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FAQs about Fines

No, borrowed items fall into the following 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

Interlibrary 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

The library sends five reminders: one three days before the book is due, and four subsequent reminders. Library emails are intended as reminders, it is important for users to check their loan records and return books on time.

You can extend the due date of a library book currently on loan by renewing it. Following current Library rules you can renew books four times before they are due for return and normally the loan will be extended for one month. Loan renewal is the user's responsibility.

Books on loan may not be renewed and must be returned if any of the following apply:

  • they have been renewed once already
  • they have been reserved by another user 
  • they are ILL books

ILL cannot be renewed by you. Two weeks before an ILL is due for return, you can ask the ILL Service to request an extension from the lending library which may or may not grant it at its discretion.

To check the due date of any borrowed item, login to My Account and open the checkouts tab. You will see a list of items on loan to you, the due date and an option for requesting renewal. Overdue books not yet returned will have an indication of the amount of the total fine accumulated for each book up to that moment in time. You can also check the total amount of your outstanding fines for overdue books already returned and any automatic bills issued for books not returned within one month of the due date. It is important that you check your Library record before you leave the EUI for any length of time because any book falling overdue during the period of your absence will be charged the usual fines.

All items borrowed by a user are registered in the Library system as due for return on a certain date. Normally this date falls one month (thirty calendar days) after the date the book was borrowed. However, under certain circumstances, the loan may be for a shorter or a longer period:

  • Interlibrary Loans (ILLs) have due dates set by the library which sent the book
  • Institute holidays, when the EUI is closed, can have the effect of extending the due date to the next day the EUI is open
  • If your library rights are about to expire within the coming month, normal loans will be given a corresponding due date.

To discuss your fines with library staff, please send an email to [email protected]

                     

You can pay your fines online by logging into My Account  and opening the Fines tab.

Regular Library Access:

  • Borrowing
  • Renewing existing loans
  • Requesting ILLs
  • Off campus access to eResources

 

Suspended Library Access: 

  • Consulting books in the library
  • Access to eResources on campus
  • Use of study spaces

 

Suspension from library services happens automatically if you have not returned an overdue book after fourteen calendar days or if you for have incurred more than the threshold amount of unpaid fines and bills currently set at €50. All library services involving the use of your library barcode (including borrowing and external access to e-resources) will cease to function.

Suspension is lifted when the book has been returned and/or the accrued fines/bills paid.                           

Page last updated on 26 September 2022

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