Regular Circulating collections

Users with $20 or more in fines are blocked from borrowing and renewing items. Registrarial services may be withheld for students who owe $20 or more in overdue accounts. All library fines need to be paid directly to the Laurier Library. Payments made at the Business office or online cannot be transferred to your library account.

If any item is more than 30 days overdue, the item will be declared lost, a fee of $125 will be applied to the borrowing patron's account, and a non-refundable administrative fee of $25 will be applied.

Recalled materials

For recalled materials, overdue fines will apply if items are not returned by their new due dates. Borrowers will receive an email that the item(s) on Recall must be returned in 7 days. Materials recalled must be returned to one the Ontario universities participating in the Collaborative Futures partnership within 7 days for routing to the home institution. Failure to return the recalled item by its due date will result in a fine being charged in the amount of $4 per day to a maximum of $56. Fines for media will be assessed at $10 per day with a maximum of $100.

Course Reserve and Short-Term Loans

Course Reserves items not returned by the designated time and day are fined for hourly loans at the rate of $.05 per minute to a maximum of $100. For day loans the fines are $20 per day to a maximum of $100 per item.

Books and other materials

Reserve items, three-hour loans: $.05 per minute; maximum $100 per item.

Reserve items, one day loans: $20 per day; maximum $100 per item.

Items recalled by another patron: $4 per day per item; maximum $56 per item.

Media items recalled by another patron: $10 per day per item; maximum $100 per item.

The processing fee for each lost item is $25. Replacement charge is $125.

InterLibrary Loans (RACER): $1 per day per item; maxiumum $100 per item.

InterLibrary Loan (RACER) items not picked up: $5 each

Appealing Library fines

If Library users feel that the fines or charges levied against them are unjustified, they have the right to appeal.

To make an appeal, contact Amy Menary or Vera Fesnak. Appeals are ultimately decided by a peer group of students, staff and faculty.

Paying Library fines

  1. Pay in person
  • Waterloo campus - Pay by cash, debit card (minimum $5.00), Visa or MasterCard at the Library Services and Help Desk.
  • Brantford campus - Pay by cash, debit or certified cheque at the Brantford Public Library Circulation Desk.
  • Social Work campus - Pay by cash or certified cheque at the Circulation Desk.

2. Pay by phone - Speak with the service desk to pay via credit card at 519-884-0710 x3222.

3. Pay by mail - Make certified cheque or money order payable to "Wilfrid Laurier University Library" and mail to:

Access Services, Library Wilfrid Laurier University 75 University Avenue West Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

Lost book charges

All lost book charges should be paid at the Waterloo campus, the Social Work campus, the Brantford campus, by phone or by mail.


Items more than 30 days overdue are subject to replacement and processing charges. If you return the item before it has been reordered, you will receive a refund. For more information on fines, see borrowing policies.