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Overdue Fines

Fines for library material vary by item type. The chart below displays the overdue fines for each item type.

Lost SDSU library materials are billed at $115.00 per item or the cost of the item if it exceeds the standard charge. Lost San Diego Circuit books are billed $140.00, For Interlibrary loan books, the charge is $98.00, and lost CSU+ items are billed $105.00. Items returned damaged or with parts missing will be assessed a fee on a case-by-case basis, depending on the item. If you have questions regarding overdue fines inquire at the Circulation Desk when you are checking out the material.

Students may pay library charges on-line through the SDSU Cashier's Office by going to Payments can also be made by mail, or to the 24-hour dropbox located outside the Cashier's Office, Student Services West Building Room 2536. Faculty and Staff may pay lost material charges at the Circulation Desk.



Main Collection Books

The University Library does not charge a daily overdue fine, with the exception of the following:


$1.00 / day

Media Materials

$1.00 / day

Course & Media Reserves

$1.00 / hour or $1.00 / day

Bound Periodicals

$1.00 / day


$1.00 / day

Laptop/Camera 7-Day

$15.00 / day

Laptop/Camera 4-Hour

$5.00 / hour

Equipment- Hourly

$1.00 / hour


Paying Library Fines

For San Diego State Students, overdue fees can be paid 24 hours after library material has been returned. Payment can be made on-line via the Student Financial Services website. Payment may also be made at the Cashier's Office in Student Services West (see campus map.)

For non-matriculating students who do not have an account online at the Financial Services website (Faculty, Staff, Mutual Use Students, College of Extended Study Students, Alumni, and Guests) payments must be made by Cash (Exact Amount) or Check (made out to SDSU Library) at the library circulation desk.

Account Blocks

Your account may be blocked for several reasons, such as overdue items, recalled items or unpaid fees. 

Student fines and fees are managed by student account services. A notice is sent by student account services with the amount owed and a due date for payment. If the fines are not paid by the due date on the notice, Student Account Services adds a $20.00 late fee and places a block that affects class registration, obtaining transcripts, and obtaining your degree. 

Faculty and Staff accounts are managed by the Circulation Desk. Failing to return material or pay the replacement fee can result in a manual block being placed on your account that limits the borrowing of material. Database access can be blocked for egregious abuses. 

Contact the University Library Circulation Desk to resolve a blocked account.

Appealing Library Fines

Click on the link below to fill out a form and appeal a library fine.

Appeal Library Fine

Contact Us

Circulation Contact

Location: Library Addition, 1st Floor
Phone: 619.594.6793

sdsu library circulation desk area