Michigan State University

Overdue Fines

Your MSU Library borrowing privileges (including MeLCat, ILLiad, and uBorrow) have been suspended until overdue fines or bills on your account have been paid.

Payment Options:

  1. Call (517) 355-2333 to charge to Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover
  2. Pay in person at the Main Library Patron Services Desk with cash, check or Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover
  3. Mail a check payable to MSU and include your PID or barcode number from your MSU Library Card to:
    • Accounts, Patron Services, Main Library
      MSU Libraries   (23)
      366 W. Circle Drive
      East Lansing, MI 48824

Questions about overdue fines?

We do not discuss fines over the phone.The confidentiality of library records in the state of Michigan is protected by "The Library Privacy Act," Michigan Compiled Law (MCL 397.601-606, Act 455 of 1982). 

Please email your question to lib.circadm@msu.edu from your msu.edu email account. Please include your MSU PID or the barcode number from your MSU library card. You may also ask to speak to a supervisor at the Main Library Patron Services Desk during any of our open hours.

NOTE: If the fine is from one of the following locations, please send an email from your msu.edu address to the appropriate contact below or visit the service desk Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and ask to speak to a supervisor:

MSU Libraries' Fine Policies

Although there are no overdue fines for most material, policies for fineable items (summarized below) apply to ALL borrowers (including MSU faculty/staff and MSU College of Law faculty/staff).

  • Fines for recalled material not returned by the recall due date are $1 per day
  • Reserve fines are $1 per hour, 24 hours a day. Fines for material related to Collaborative Technology Labs are $1 per hour. NOTE: Our system considers an item that is one minute overdue to be a full hour overdue. Therefore, the full hourly amount is assessed for any portion of an hour overdue, even one minute.
  • Fines for 14-day material (CDs, DVDs, videos, records, software, etc.) are $1 per day.
  • Overdue fines on material borrowed from other libraries (interlibrary loans, including MeLCat, ILLiad and uBorrow) are $2 per day.
  • Fine amounts are not calculated until the day that library material is actually checked-in from your record.
  • MSU College of Law fines may be paid (cash or check payable to MSU College of Law) at the MSU College of Law Patron Services Desk or by check made payable to MSU College of Law and mailed to: Accounts, Patron Services, MSU College of Law Library, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824.