Library Fines

Fines are charged if you do not return your library loans (books and/or media equipment) by the due date. You can check on the dates items are due back, any fines that are owing and pay fines by logging into My Account in Primo - the Library Catalogue

Why we charge fines

Demand on Library materials (books and/or media equipment) is continually increasing. Our fines system is intended to encourage users to return borrowed items by the date they are due back so they are available for the next user. This ensures equality of access for all users.

Fines are charged for overdue items as follows:

Loan StatusFines
Standard Loan (14 days) 20p per day
50p per day if recalled
Three Day Loan 50p per day
Videos (1 day) 20p per day
Short Loan Books (24-hours) 20p per hour
3 Day DVD's 50p per day
Equipment loans 50p per hour

Fines totalling more than £5 will prevent you from borrowing or renewing items on your library account. When you have reduced your fines under £5 your library borrowing will become active again.

How to avoid fines

  • Check due dates and renew loans online 24/7 (How do I do that)
  • Check your University email account regularly for emails about recalled and overdue books. Standard Loan items can be recalled from you before the original due date if they have been requested by another user.
  • Add your library loans into your online calendar (How do I do that?)
  • Print and keep a receipt as a reminder of when the item is due back
  • Do not lend your Aber Card to anybody else - you are liable for all items on your account returned late
  • Return library materials via the Vacation Book Returns slot at the main entrance of the Hugh Owen Library whenever the Library is closed. Please note Equipment Loans must NOT be returned using this method.
  • If you have enquiries about your loans please contact us as soon as you can.

Paying library fines

You can pay your fines:

  • Online using a credit/debit card (How do I do that?)
  • In cash using the self issue machines on Level D of the Hugh Owen Library (How do I do that?)
  • In cash at the Enquiry Desk in the Physical Sciences Library.

If you are having difficulties returning your items or paying your fines, please get in touch with the library at or by calling 01970 622400.