Overdue, lost or damaged items

If you return items late or damaged, you may incur a penalty. Items returned outside of Library service hours will only be recorded as returned on your Library record when services resume.

Lost, damaged or overdue items

If you lose or damage an item or your loaned item is not returned after a reasonable time (see table below), you will be charged a replacement fee of $95. When items are returned, the fine will be removed.

You will not receive a refund on a Library item if replacement costs have already been paid, if the item is returned more than 12 months overdue and/or if the Library has already purchased a replacement copy.

Loan period Days overdue to lost status
7 day loan 7 days after due date
28, 60 & 90 day loans 14 days after due date
3 hour loan3 days after due date

How to pay

Payments can be made online at any time.

Pay online

Unpaid penalties

Once an item is overdue, you won't be able to borrow.

When an item is declared lost, an invoice is sent to your La Trobe email account, a $95 fee will be added to your Library record and your student record will be blocked. This means you won't be able to borrow items, access your academic transcript, re-enrol, change subjects or graduate until payment has been made in full.

If you don't pay within six months, your Library debt will be referred to the University Finance Branch for further action. This may result in additional charges being added to your debt.

Your borrowing responsibilities

  • To borrow from our campus libraries, you must have your current student/staff card, CAVAL card or external borrower library card in order to borrow items at any of the campus libraries.
  • If you don't return or renew your items by the due date, penalties may apply.
  • You are responsible for all items borrowed and cannot transfer the borrowed item/s to another person.
  • You should regularly check your La Trobe University email account for Library email notifications.