Borrowing privileges vary depending on campus affiliation and patron type.

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Fees and fines

There are no fines for most materials. Overdue fines are assessed on certain high-use items, equipment, study rooms, and materials.  

Courtesy notices are sent out before items are due, alerting you to the fact that your books will be due soon. Email is the official mode of communication for the Boulder campus. Courtesy notices are sent only to those patrons who have provided us with an email address. Failure to receive a notice doesn’t waive liability for fines.

All billed items will also be assessed a non-negotiable, non-refundable $10.00 per item billing fee. If you are billed for an item and later return it, the lost fee will be removed but any billing fees will remain. We’ll send you notices reminding you to renew or return your books before a bill is generated. 

Prospector and ILLiad items, items that check-out for less than 28 days are billed at 28 days overdue.  All other items are billed at 90 days overdue.

Standard replacement fees are assessed on all overdue items after a set period of time and the borrower billed for the cost. These fees vary by material type and may be assessed at any of these three levels:

  • High
    $200 - $400

  • Medium
    $100 - $200

  • Low
    $50 - $100

Current retail value replacement fees instead of standard replacement fees may be assessed on certain items.

Replacement fees are waived once the item is returned or replaced.

Paying fees and fines

Methods of payment accepted for fees and fines include checks, Visa, Mastercard, or Discover.  No cash, please.

  • In person:  drop off your payment at the East Service Desk in Norlin Library. A payment drop box is located behind the East Desk for payments by check (no cash please). 

  • By telephone: you may pay with credit card by calling our Patron Accounts office - 303-735-5144, Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm

  • By mail: Please include the upper portion of the invoice.  Payment information is located on the back of the invoice.  Make checks payable to “University of Colorado.”  Include your student or library account ID number on your check.  Mail payments to:

University of Colorado at Boulder

Norlin Library Services

Patron Accounts Office

184 UCB, 1720 Pleasant Street

Boulder, Colorado 80309-0184

A $20 fee will be assessed for returned checks.  We are unable to accept online payments at this time.

Appealing fines

If you would like to appeal a fine, please contact the library service desk where you checked-out the item, or contact Circulation Patron Services by telephone (303-735-5144) or via email (libpatacnt @

Fees and fines schedule 

Daily overdue fines

Daily fines of $2 - 5 per day are assessed on days that the library is open. This includes most weekends, spring and winter breaks, and intersession.

Hourly overdue fines

Hourly fines are assessed during the time when the library is open. Materials are not fined for the hours that the library is closed, such as overnight.

Revocation of privileges

Circulation privileges will be revoked for anyone who has one or more billed items. Circulation privileges will be automatically revoked for anyone who has one or more books that are overdue by 28 days, one or more overdue books that have been requested by another borrower, or library fines totaling $20.00 or more. 

Charges for books assumed lost and/or overdue fines will be referred to a collection agency as required by Colorado State Law, if unpaid 30 days after the bill due date.

Return of the books(s) and/or paying charges will reinstate library privileges.

Other circulation policies

Last updated December 2021