Owen Library Length of Loans & Fines

 FacultyStaffGraduate
Student
Undergraduate
Student
Special
Card 1
Maximum Number
of Books
No LimitNo LimitNo Limit1005
General Loan Period1 academic year 21 academic year 2

1 academic year 2

1 academic year 228 days
Renewals 3UnlimitedNoneUnlimitedNoneOne
Fines
 
$.25 day/bk
$100/item
$.25 day/bk
$100/item
$.25 day/bk
$100/item
$.25 day/bk
$100/item
$.25 day/bk
$100/item
Reserve Materials
*the fine is $1.80 hour/item
 
$1.80
$100/item
$1.80
$100/item
$1.80
$100/item
$1.80
$100/item
$1.80
$100/item
Recalled Materials$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
Unreturned
Requested Book
Maximum
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
$1.00 day/bk
$100/item
Borrowing
Suspended
$25 or 10
Overdue Items
$25 or 10
Overdue Items
$25 or 10
Overdue Items
$25 or 10
Overdue Items
$15 or 3
Overdue Items
Lost Material
Replacement Cost 4
Per Books in PrintPer Books in PrintPer Books in PrintPer Books in PrintPer Books in Print
Processing Fee$25.00$25.00$25.00$25.00$25.00

 

NOTE: Some ULS libraries may have collections with more restrictive policies.

  1. Community Patrons may purchase a Special Borrower Card for $25 per year. Current Pitt-Johnstown Alumni Association members and LearningPLUS students may receive a Special Borrower Card at no cost.
  2. Due date April 30. 
  3. NO renewals on items recalled for another patron. Other restrictions may apply.
  4. Please consult Owen Library Information Desk staff for out of print material: 814-269-7300.

Paying Fines

Fines may be paid with cash or check at the Owen Library Information Desk whenever full time staff are on duty. Make checks payable to University of Pittsburgh. Fine payments may also be sent directly to the following address:

Owen Library 

450 Schoolhouse Road 

University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown 

Johnstown, PA 15904 

Purpose of Overdue Fines

The purpose of fines is to encourage the prompt return of borrowed materials so that they will be available for use by others. Fines for overdue items are charged to all categories of borrowers, including faculty, staff, students, community, and courtesy users. Grace Period: The libraries offer a seven-day grace period for normal circulating items. If a regular circulation item is due September 1, a library user may return it as late as September 7 without owing a fine. However, on September 8, the user would owe $.25 per day overdue fine retroactive to September 1. The fine would be $2.00. Grace periods do not apply to journals, recalled items, reserve, reference, interlibrary loans or other material in specific subcollections.

Notices

Overdue notices sent by the University Libraries are courtesy reminder notices only. The University Libraries are not responsible for delayed delivery of notices due to inaccurate addresses or other delivery problems. The first overdue notice is sent the day after items are due. When an item is 15 days overdue, a final notice is sent and the user's borrowing privileges suspended until the situation is resolved. Once overdue material is returned, a bill that includes the total amount of the fine is generated and sent within one business day.

Lost Item Replacement Charges

The libraries charge a $100.00 replacement fee for books that are 15 days overdue and are considered "Lost", plus a non-refundable $25.00 processing fee for each book. "Lost" books cannot be renewed and must be returned to the library for your account to be credited. If the book is returned after billing and before the library has begun the reorder process to replace it, your account will be adjusted and the replacement and processing fees will be removed. If the library has "withdrawn" the item, some portion of the replacement fee plus the $25.00 processing fee will be retained. Library users who wish to provide a replacement copy for lost or damaged library materials may do so, however, the replacement copy is subject to approval. In addition, the $25.00 lost item process fee will be assessed. Students with outstanding unpaid charges of $25.00 or higher will have a hold placed on their university accounts.  

Updating Your Address

To update your address see the Office of the Pitt-Johnstown Registrar.