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Fines and Holds

1. Fines for Overdue Materials

All users are responsible for all material borrowed on their accounts.


All users are responsible for checking their due dates.

1.1 The Library will send out pre-overdue and overdue notices via official Algoma University email accounts only for faculty, staff and students and via personal/other institutional email accounts for Registered Readers.  However, users are responsible for checking their due dates.

1.2 The Library will notify library users of overdue materials, but users are responsible for checking their due dates.

1.3 There is a charge of $0.50 per day for each overdue item borrowed from the general collection.

1.4 The maximum fine per book is $10.00. The charge for overdue material from the Reserve Collection is $2.00 per day for each item.

1.5 The charge for overdue Interlibrary Loan Material is $2.00 per day for each item.

1.6 Users will be billed $1.00 per books and $5.00 per article for materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, but not picked up.

1.7 If overdue materials are not returned and fines are not paid as a result of receiving a notice from the library, a bill will be issued.

1.8 The charge for billing outstanding debts is $1.00 per bill issued.

2. Holds

2.1 Should items currently on loan from the general or reserve collections be requested by other library users, "holds" may be placed on the items.

2.2 An individual requesting that a "hold" be placed on an item will be informed as soon as the material is returned to the library by the previous user.

2.3 The material will then be held for a period of twenty-four hours.

2.4 Should the individual who requested the "hold" no longer require the item, the next individual (if any) requesting the item to be placed on hold will be contacted.

2.5 In the case of a periodical, the library user will provide the library staff with the title, volume and issue number of the periodical. The library user will be contacted as soon as the item is located.

3. Photocopying

3.1 Reference works, periodicals and government documents do not circulate, but there are photocopying machines on the main and ground floor of the library.

3.2 Copies cost 10 cents a page.

3.3 Machines accept copy card, which are available at the Circulation Desk (minimum $2.00).

3.4 Student copying accounts can be re-charged at the ITS Helpdesk or the Library Circulation Desk.

3.5 Cautionary notices regarding infringement of copyright are posted near the photocopiers.

3.5.1 Serious penalties can result from illegal photocopying.

3.5.2 All publications formats (e.g., print, film, microform, video, audio, and electronic) are covered by copyright. 

3.6 See the Library's Copyright Portal for more information.