Overdue & Damaged Materials

Blocked Account

If overdue charges have reached $5.00, the computer will block you from checking out any materials. Your account will be unblocked when your charges are paid.

  • Contact the library with questions about your account.

Overdue Items


  • Fines are charged for overdue items.
  • Borrowers’ accounts are blocked if they have fines and charges of $5.00 or more.
  • Courtesy reminders and overdue notices are sent via email.
  • After two overdue notices are sent, an item is considered lost and the borrower’s account is billed for the replacement cost of the item.
  • Lost items remain on the user’s library account until the item is returned or paid for.
  • Overdue fines and charges for lost or damaged items may be added to students’ Financial Services account with a service charge.
  • Charges for Interlibrary Loan items are determined by the lending library.

Questions about fines and charges can be sent to the Library or call 507-233-9131.

Fines & Charges


Overdue Fine Rates

Item Overdue Charge Lost Item Charge
General collections, Children’s Literature, Curriculum, Bound Journals, .05/day per item Subject to replacement availability.
Interlibrary loans: Determined by loaning library Determined by loaning library
Course Reserves: .25/ hour per item Subject to replacement availability.
VHS tapes, DVD’s .75/ day per item Subject to replacement availability.

Lost or Damaged Library Materials


  • Borrowers are financially responsible for lost or damaged library material and/or equipment checked out on their account.
  • Borrowers may check their account status online.
  • Damaged items should be returned to the library immediately so appropriate measures can be taken to repair them.
  • Damage includes:
    • Wet or moldy books
    • Books damaged by food & beverage stains, oily or sticky residue
    • Books missing pages or covers
    • Books containing marking by pencil, ink, or highlight marker
    • Books showing tears, cuts, graffiti, or other unusual damage

Lost and non-repairable damaged items will be billed for replacement cost plus a $5.00 processing fee.