Answered By: Research Help Desk
Last Updated: Oct 21, 2022     Views: 147

Great news! There are no more fines on library books on loan from Saint Mary’s University, or from any library in Novanet (the shared system of Nova Scotia university and college libraries, plus Mount Allison in New Brunswick). Please be mindful of the due date, however, to be considerate of fellow learners and return library books so that others can benefit from them too.

Our system sends emails regarding overdue materials, but it is good practice to check your library account to keep track of any due dates on material you have borrowed, and to learn of any amounts owing.

So, why do I have library fines?

  • Lost Items are those not returned after the third overdue notice, and replacement costs plus a $20 processing fee per item is automatically applied to your library account. 
  • Books borrowed through InterLibrary Loans get late fines if the loaning library, from outside our system, charges fines for overdue material.
  • Recalls, which is when another patron has requested the book you are borrowing, need to be returned on time or late fees are charged. 
  • Reserve items also accrue fines if not returned on time. 
  • ‚ÄčEquipment loans carry a late fee.
  • ID replacements carry a fee.

Note that an accumulation of fines will mean that your borrowing privileges are suspended, and may cause the loss of other University privileges. Students with significant fines will be unable to register for courses, and may lose their right to officially graduate until all fines and fees are paid.

If you'd like more information, please email access@smu.ca.