Due to COVID-19, we will not charge any new overdue fines. Long overdue materials may accrue lost item replacement fees. If you have concerns, please contact fines@umn.edu.


Fine payments may be made at Wilson, Walter, Health Sciences, or Magrath Libraries in any of the following ways.

Pay by check

  • Pay in person, or mail to the Fines Office (see address right).
  • Please make checks payable to the University of Minnesota.
  • There is a $25 charge for all returned checks.

Pay by credit card

  • Pay in person, by phone, or mail a completed credit card payment form to the Fines Office (see address right).
  • Call us Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm at 612-624-3321. Please have your credit card number and expiration date ready.

Transfer your fines (currently enrolled students only)

  • Request in person, by phone, via e-mail (to fines@umn.edu), or mail a completed fines transfer request to the Fines Office (see address right).

As of July 1st, 2021, we will no longer charge overdue fines for regular overdue materials. However, materials that are recalled by library staff may accrue recall fines, and materials thirty days overdue accrue replacement charges. Please email fines@umn.edu if you see overdue fines on your library account, and we may be able to waive them.

Long overdue materials will be subject to replacement costs and a $15 processing fee. Students, faculty, and staff will be blocked from borrowing library materials when unpaid cahrges reach $10 or more. All users are blocked from borrowing when they have not responded to Library notices or have unresolved issues such as overdue materials, unreturned recalled books or address problems.

Charges that are not paid within thirty days of accrual are automatically transferred to enrolled students' student accounts, or to the University's Accounts Receivable Services for other users. Users receive email notices before these automatic transfers occur. After charges have been transferred, we can no longer waive or reduce them.

Refunds are given for replacement charges only for library materials returned in good condition within 3 months from the payment or transfer date.

Academic holds

The University of Minnesota Libraries places a hold on users academic records (meaning that students cannot register for University courses, get official or unofficial transcripts, or receive diploma) under two circumstances:

  1. When library fines exceed $100.
  2. When long overdue library materials are not returned.

Holds on academic records are removed when library charges are paid or when library materials are returned. Please contact the owning library with questions and concerns.

Frequently asked questions

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