Library Fines

To support affordability and remove barriers to library use, we have eliminated fines for the late return of library items except for items that had been recalled for another patron. The fine for recalled items is $3.00/day for every patron category.

If unreturned, high cost and high demand items (such as laptops, equipment, reserves items) will be billed for replacement cost after two days. Regular items (such as books from the general circulating collection) will be billed for replacement cost after 27 days. When the billed amount reaches $300 for Cornell patrons (or $150 for others), the borrower’s access to the Library will be blocked until the item is returned. Replacement costs will be waived when the item is returned.