Overdue fines and replacement fees

All Library fines and fees are paid at the Business Office. Your account must be paid before you can register for classes or graduate. Check with the Office of Financial Aid office if you need help paying your account.

If you are charged a fine for something that you have already returned, or were unable to return items in time due to exceptional circumstances, please contact us at library-circ@reed.edu as soon as possible. We can often work with you.

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Library fines and fees by material type

Material Checkout Fine Lost Replacement Fee
Reed Books (including music scores)
  • Students: 28 days
  • Seniors: end of graduating semester
  • Faculty and Staff: July 1 (of next year)
$0.20/day, $5 max fine $60 replacement fee plus $10 processing fee
Reed Media (CDs, DVDs, LPs) 7 days $0.20/day, $5 max fine $30 replacement fee plus $10 processing fee
Summit Books 6 weeks $0.50/day, $12.50 max fine $75 replacement fee plus $15 service fee
Summit Media 6 days $0.50/day, $12.50 max fine $75 replacement fee plus $15 service fee
ILL (Interlibrary Loan) 2-4 weeks, varies Depends on lender Depends on lender
Reed 24 Hr Reserve 24 hours $1/hr, $10 max fine $60 replacement fee plus $10 processing fee
Reed 3 Hr Reserves 3 hours $1/hr, $10 max fine $60 replacement fee plus $10 processing fee
Reed Media Reserves 3 hours $1/hr, $10 max fine $30 replacement fee plus $10 processing fee
Reed Equipment (chargers, ipads, laptops, headphones) 24 hours $1/day, $5 max fine Actual cost replacement fee plus $10 processing fee
Reed Equipment (AV equipment) 3 days $1/day, $5 max fine Actual cost replacement fee plus $10 processing fee

Fines and fees FAQs

When is something considered "lost"?

25 days overdue for books, scores, and media.

5 days overdue for reserves and equipment (laptops, chargers, AV equipment).

If my account gets charged for something lost, should I still return it?

Yes! When you return a lost item to the library, we'll refund the replacement fee.

Can I buy the library a replacement? I lost a book, but I could easily replace it for less than the replacement fee.

Yes! The replacement must be in good condition and the same edition. Email Jim Holmes at holmesj@reed.edu to coordinate replacements.

I couldn't return a book because of something beyond my control, and now I can't register for classes or graduate because of the fees on my account. Can you help me?

Email Jim Holmes at holmesj@reed.edu as soon as possible and describe what happened. We can often work with you.

Something got marked "lost", but I know I returned it to the library. What should I do?

Email us ASAP at library-circ@reed.edu and let us know which item you returned. We'll check in the library, and refund the fees if we find it.

What happens to the money from fines and fees?

The money goes into the general Reed fund. The library doesn't receive money from fines or replacement fees.

I have a question about fines or fees that isn't answered here. What to do?

Contact Jim Holmes at holmesj@reed.edu.