UNL Libraries have radically changed the length of time a student can consult a book and eliminated a financial burden on students – overdue fines for checking books. For students, the loan period has been extended from 30 days to the entire semester, which is the same as the loan period for faculty and graduate students. All books are due at the end of each academic semester, regardless of the release date of the book during the semester.
“Over the past few years, libraries have made a commitment to lower costs for students, and reducing fines is one way to help. By extending the loan term, we meet the student’s needs for the semester and continue to make education more affordable and equitable. Charlene Maxey-Harris, Associate Dean, University Libraries.
Libraries implemented these policy changes based on national research evidence, the experience of other academic and public libraries across the country, to align with other University of Nebraska libraries, and as part of the new catalog system, explained Michael Straatmann, Access Services Coordinator.
In fact, during the process of implementing the new library catalog system, libraries forgave over 235,000 accumulated fines to students, staff and faculty.
Fines do not impact the return rate of books, in fact libraries see a saving in staff time focusing on billing, collecting, processing and managing cash. Straatmann says they hope to see the same cost savings.
Some loan rates, fines and fees remain the same, including the lack of circulation of reference material, archives and special collections. Media equipment and course reservations will always be charged a late fee. Interlibrary loan materials may have shorter due dates and fees. If a book is not returned at the end of the semester or is lost, the user will be charged the cost of replacement. More information can be found at: https://libraries.unl.edu/overdue-fines-fees
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