Borrowing from LSU Libraries

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Overdue Fees for Print Materials

  • Patrons are responsible for returning the materials they borrow by the due date. As a courtesy, reminder notices are sent to patrons when material becomes overdue.
  • Regular overdue charges are 50 cents per day per item.
  • For information about overdue charges on electronics, see
  • Overdue charges on journals and other short term loans are $1.00 per day per item.
  • Charges for Reserve and unbound periodical items are $1.50/hr. Reserve items are considered lost if they are not returned within 24 hours after their due date.  
  • The maximum fine is $20.00 per item.
  • In addition to fines, service charges and lost book fees are assessed after the maximum fine is reached, or after 40 days, whichever comes first.
  • Fines may be paid at the Access Services Desk at the time overdue materials are returned during the following times (barring holidays, school breaks, and special hours). Call Access Services (225) 578-2058 to confirm the hours.
    • 08:00 am - 5:00 pm, Mon-Fri.
    Unpaid bill charges will be transferred to the patron's account at the Bursar's Office, Thomas Boyd Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA 70803. A student's unpaid fines will be added to next semester's fee bill. Faculty and staff must make arrangements to pay their fines at the Bursar's Office as soon as possible and must notify the Access Services Department as soon as their bills are paid in order to have their library privileges reinstated. We will pay the fines of public patron cardholders using the credit card information given at the time of the application for library privileges.

Paying Fees

All library charges forwarded to the Bursar's Office must be paid at that office prior to registration and/or before grade transcripts will be released by the University. Charges may not be adjusted for bills older than 180 days.

Current library charges may be paid at the Access Services Desk using cash, Tigercard, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit cards. Current library charges may also be paid online with Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards, using a link in the online catalog. Older bills (already at the Bursar's Office) may be paid with Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit cards through myLSU.