Fines & Fees

The HSU Library has temporarily suspended overdue fines as of March 18, 2020. Please see the Library's Continuity Planning website for the most current information.
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 overdue of $25 per item:

  • Videos (DVD & VHS)
  • 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 15 days will be billed for full replacement cost, plus any applicable overdue fines.

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. 

Items which are not returned, are lost, or damaged to the extent that they will need to be replaced are billed for replacement cost and in some instances an overdue fine. If an item is lost, stolen, or destroyed, this should be reported to the Library 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 six months from the billing date, the replacement cost is cleared; if these amounts have been paid, the payment will be refunded automatically (less any overdue fines, if applicable). 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. To be eligible for a refund, payment must be made before a bill goes to collection. 

Inquiries about overdue notices, fines, bills, lost items, or damaged items should be directed to the Library Checkout Desk.  You can also call (707) 826-3431 or email Circulation.