Late Returns

The majority of our services are free (for example borrowing books and inter-library loans), but we'll ask you to pay fines if you return items late.

The books and other items in the library are available to a very large number of people, and many are in constantly high demand. Most borrowed items are renewed automatically.

If someone else requests a book that you have out on loan, automatic renewals stop and items will not automatically renew (see our Automatic Renewals page for more information). We will recall the item and ask you to return it within seven days or by the due date if less than seven days. If you return a recalled item late, or fail to return a recalled item at all, we will ask you to pay a fine. 
If you have overdue recalled items or fines on your account, you will be unable to borrow new items. Existing loans which have not been requested will renew automatically. 
To help you keep up to date with your loans, we will send you a weekly activity report and you can also check the due dates on LibrarySearch> My Account.

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If you return items late, we'll ask you to pay

  • £1 per item per day for items that have been recalled
  • £1 per item per hour for items on Reserve Collection and 3 Hour loans
  • £5 per laptop per day

If you have fines you will not be able to borrow new items.
If you don't return a loan by the maximum or recalled due date, you will be blocked from borrowing until it's returned. We will send you overdue reminders and after 14 days we will assume the item is lost. We will send you a lost item bill for the replacement cost, plus a £10 administrative charge. You can supply a replacement copy of the same or a later edition if you prefer.


How to pay Library charges and fines

Pay your Library charges and fines online using LibrarySearch.  

  • Go to LibrarySearch
  • Sign in using your University login. 
  • Click on your name at the top right to find My Library Card
  • You will see your current fines listed. 
  • Click on Pay now  to enter your card details and pay. 

If you have any issues, please contact us on or call 0131 455 3500. 

Fine appeals

If you have been absent from university due to illness or other extenuating circumstances which have prevented you from returning loans it may be possible for some or all of the fines to be waived. Sign in to the Unidesk Self Service Portal and select Forms, then Teaching, Learning & Library Resources (Students). Complete a Fine Appeal Form and submit it along with the supporting evidence.


Replacement of lost or damaged item

If you have lost or damaged an item please tell us as soon as possible. Sign in to the Unidesk Self Service Portal and choose Forms then Teaching, Learning & Library Resources (Students). Complete the appropriate form:

  • Lost or damaged book, CD or DVD
  • Lost or damaged laptop/equipment

We will send you a Lost Item bill for the current replacement cost found via our supplier, plus a £10 administrative charge.  You can supply a replacement copy of the same or a later edition if you prefer.
If you have any questions, please contact us by email: or telephone: 0131 455 3500. 


Copying and Printing 

Available in our campus libraries, copying and printing are self-service. If you run into any problems, get in touch with a member of staff. See more information and costs at Print Facilities and Services on Campus.