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Library fines

Fines update - Covid-19

We are waiving any fines that have been accrued during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Graduating students

If you are graduating this year, please don’t worry about your current library fines and other charges preventing you from graduating.

If you have fines and charges from prior to March 2020, these can be paid online. Log in to your Library Account for payment options.

If you have any concerns about your library charges or loans, please email 

Returning your books

For students still in Nottingham, you can return your books to the letterbox at Hallward or George Green libraries. Alternatively, we’re working with Halls and the Landlord’s Association to provide alternative return options.

If you have already left Nottingham, you can post any books back when our libraries re-open.

Fine rates and limits

You will be fined at a rate of £1 per day on any book that has reserved by another library user and returned late. 

Each book that goes overdue will accrue a maximum of £10 for each occurrence of being overdue. 

When you reach a limit of £10 in fines your library account will be temporarily suspended until you reduce the outstanding charges. 

All books auto renew, as long as they are not reserved by anyone else. 


You can pay fines/charges:

  • via your Library account in NUsearch, using your debit/credit card (minimum payment of £1)
  • over the phone by debit/credit card
  • in cash or credit/debit card at the lending desk
Pay your fines online

Lost books

Tell us if you've lost a book and we'll let you know the replacement cost.

You can also provide us with a replacement copy yourself. Read the replacement copy guidance.

Download the replacement copy guidelines (PDF)

Top tips

Check your emails regularly - we will email you to let you know if someone else has requested your book and the date it is due back 

In exceptional circumstances fines may be reduced if:

  • you have ongoing and proven technical problems with email access
  • you are ill or bereaved
  • you are away on University business where the location or frequency of travel makes communication particularly difficult

University of Nottingham Libraries

King's Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane
Nottingham, NG7 2NR

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