The University Library has eliminated late fines for most library items, but there are still some situations where fines will be applied.

This content applies to:

  • Anyone with a USask Library account


How much are late fines?

Although the library has eliminated most fines, you are still expected to return items on time so we can make sure everyone has access to the resources they need. There are a few types of materials that will result in fines if they are returned late:

  • Recalled items – if an item is recalled by another library user through the "Request Item for Pickup" button, a recall notice will be sent to your USask email address. If your original due date is more than seven days away, a new due date will be assigned to the items included in the email. If your original due date is less than seven days away, you must return them by the original due date. Renewals are unavailable for items that have been recalled. Recalled items returned after their due date will accrue late fines at a rate of $2 per day up to a maximum of $50 per item. If you have questions about items you have borrowed that have been recalled, please Ask Us.
  • Course reserves - Late course reserve items will accrue fines at a rate of $2 per hour up to a maximum of $100 per item. Reserve items must be returned to the same location they were borrowed from. 
  • Interlibrary loans (ILL) - Late ILL items accrue fines at a rate of $5 per day up to a maximum of $100 per item. 
  • Lost, damaged, or missing items - If you lose or damage library materials you are responsible for the cost of replacing the items. Please note that if an item is overdue for more than 30 days, it is considered lost and you will receive a bill for replacement. If the lost item has been recalled by another borrower and has accrued late fines you will be responsible for these late fines as well. Report lost or damaged items right away to avoid additional late fines.
If you have fines of $30 or more in your library account, your borrowing privileges are automatically suspended and you will not be able to register for classes, graduate, or receive marks and transcripts. 

You can visit any of our Library Services desks to pay in person, or you can pay your library fines by phone using VISA or MasterCard.

Who can I talk to about library fines?

If you have questions about your library fines, call us at 306-966-5958 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm), or send us an email at