Fines & Fees

Fines and fees are paid at the Student Financial Services Office located on the second floor of the Student & Business Services Building, not at the Library.

Excessive overdues, fines, or bills may result in the loss of library privileges. Failure to pay will result in a hold on your HSU records and registration. Accounts overdue by six months will be referred to collection.

The following item types carry overdue fines of $1 per day, with a maximum of $25 per item:

  • Videos (DVD & VHS)
  • Compact Discs
  • Government Documents
  • Periodicals

Overdue Print Reserve items carry late fines of $1/hour, with a maximum per item of $50.

All Library materials overdue by 45 days will be billed for full replacement cost, plus a non-refundable overdue fine of $5-$25.

Billing Inquiries & Lost Book Charges

Courtesy notices are sent before items are due as a reminder. Overdue notices are sent once items are overdue. Borrowers remain responsible for fines and bills incurred whether or not an overdue notice is received. Fines accumulate until the borrower notifies the Circulation office that an item is lost

Inquiries about overdue notices, fines, bills, lost items, or damaged items should be directed to the Library Checkout Desk.  Call (707) 826-5601 or email Bill Folden at

Items which are not returned, are lost, or damaged to the extent that they will need to be replaced are billed for replacement cost, a $15.00 processing fee to cover costs of ordering and cataloging the item, and in some instances an overdue fine. If an item is lost, stolen, or destroyed, this should be reported to the Billing Office as soon as possible. By doing so, overdue fines may be negated or reduced, and we can often present possible cost saving options for replacement. 

If an item is returned undamaged within a year from the billing date the replacement cost and processing fee is cleared; if these amounts have been paid, the payment will be refunded automatically (less any overdue fines). However, Humboldt State University forwards all unpaid bills to a collection agency when they become six months past due. Library bills that have been referred to collection cannot be reversed. If payment is made before a bill goes to collection, that payment may be refunded if the item is returned within one year of the billing date. To be eligible for a refund, payment must be made before a bill goes to collection. Please contact the Library Checkout Desk if you have any questions.  Call (707) 826-5601 or email Bill Folden at