Fines and charges at the University Library are determined by the University Librarian.

  1. Fines for overdue items
  2. How can I dispute a Library fine?
  3. How can I pay my fines?
  4. Payment options

Fines are a way of ensuring fair and equitable access to Library resources. Students who fail to return an item by the due date accrue fines as follows:       

Fines for overdue items

Loan type
Fines



High Demand Collection items
$3 per item per overdue hour or part thereof (to a maximum of $60 per item) For example, a High Demand item due at 2pm will accrue $3 if returned or renewed at 2.30pm. If returned or renewed at 3.30pm, $6 will accrue.



Requested items
$3 per item per overdue day (to a maximum of $60 per item)



*Main collection books
$99 if overdue by 31 days



*Audio Visual items
$99 if overdue by 31 days



*Locker keys
$99 if overdue by 31 days


*Postgrad Study area keys  
$50 if overdue by 31 days



*Locker swipe cards
$25 if overdue by 31 days



*Fines will be waived once items are returned. In certain circumstances we will accept a replacement for a billed item in lieu of payment. If an item is paid for and subsequently returned, please see library staff and a refund will be organized. This does not include High Demand fines or overdue fines on requested items.

Please also note that fines accrue from year to year.

If you:

  • have an overdue item, your account will be suspended from borrowing until the item is returned

  • accumulate $24 or more in fines, your account will be suspended from borrowing until you pay the amount owing in full. Please note that if you owe less than $24, fines are not payable

  • accumulate $24 or more in fines, your debt will be recorded as an Administrative Encumbrance on your student record, which will prevent access to examination results, transcripts, graduation and re-enrolment

  • damage or permit an item to be damaged, you will be invoiced for costs of repair or replacement

  • are a reciprocal borrower with unpaid debts, you will be suspended from borrowing at your home institution library

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How can I dispute a Library fine?

If you wish to dispute a fine, please send us an email. Please provide full details of the reason(s) why you consider you should not have to pay the fine.

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How can I pay my fines?

Payment options are listed below. If you are having trouble paying a fine, we can arrange a payment plan. Please send us an email.

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Payment Options

Following payment your borrowing privileges will be restored immediately. There are several ways you can arrange payment:  

1. Online
This option is available to Pheme account holders only, paying with Visa or MasterCard.



2. In Person using EFTPOS or by cheque

To pay in person by EFTPOS or cheque, go to any UWA library building with an EFTPOS terminal. We accept debit card, Visa and MasterCard, but not cash. You can pay up to 15 minutes before closing time. Following payment your borrowing privileges will be restored immediately.

EFTPOS facilities are located in the following libraries:

Barry J Marshall Library (south of James Oval)
Reid Library (ground floor, Reid Library building)
J Robin Warren Library (corner Monash Avenue and Hospital Avenue, Nedlands)




3. By telephone

To pay over the phone with Visa or MasterCard, contact one of the following libraries up to 15 minutes before closing time:

Barry J Marshall Library (+61 8) 6488 2325
Reid Library (+61 8) 6488 2342
J Robin Warren Library (+61 8) 6457 7570 




4. By mail

Post your cheque made payable to the 'University of Western Australia' to:

Reid Library
M209
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Perth WA 6009

Please indicate that the payment is for a library fine. A receipt will be sent to you and your borrowing privileges will be restored immediately.

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