Fines for overdue loans

You will get a fine if you do not return an item by the due date during library service hours or if you lose or damage an item (not applicable in Shepparton). Items returned outside of library service hours will not be taken off your record until the next working day.

Type of item Rate of fines
28, 60 and 90 day loans Daily fines no longer apply.
If an item is not returned within 28 days after its due date, the item will be declared lost and a $75 replacement fee (plus a $20 administration fee) will be charged
3 and 7 day loans $5 per day to a maximum of $50 per item
Reserve collections $2 per hour to a maximum of $50 per item
Items where you have been sent a 'recall notice' $5 per day to a maximum of $50 per item

Lost, damaged or more than 28 days overdue items

If you lose or damage an item, or an item is not returned after a reasonable time (ie. 28 days overdue), you will be charged a replacement fee of $75 plus a $20 admin fee. The $20 admin fee remains payable once the item is returned.

How to pay

You can pay by EFTPOS or credit card at the Melbourne or Bendigo campus ASK La Trobe Help Zone counter. Mildura and Shepparton students ring 9479 2922 to pay by card. At other campus libraries you can pay by cash or cheque (made out to La Trobe University) at the Inquiry/Loans Desk.

At Melbourne, if you need to pay by cash ask at the ASK La Trobe Help Zone counter.

At Albury-Wodonga, if you need to pay by credit card you can do so at Student Admin. Remember to take the receipt to the Loans Desk as proof of payment.

Unpaid fines/invoices

Fines for each item are added together.

  • If your fine total is $10 or greater, library services will be suspended. Each quarter the library will send you a bill by mail. If you do not pay the total amount within 14 days, library services, access to the Learning Management System (LMS), Student Online, and the ability to re-enrol or graduate will be suspended.
  • If your total fines are less than $10, they will be reset to zero in January of each year.

Students with outstanding charges at the end of the academic year will not be able to re-enrol or graduate. If payment has not been made within reasonable time, the library debt will be referred to the University Finance Branch for further action. This may result in additional charges being added to your debt.