We forgive you! The Wayne State University Libraries are encouraging patrons to return their overdue books and other library materials without penalty or fine during an amnesty period to be held October 1 – November 15, 2009. Materials returned need to be in good condition.
“This program is particularly important in the current, difficult economic climate,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the Wayne State University Library System. “It is more cost effective for us to recover the materials than the fines and we want to encourage patrons to continue checking things out without fear.”
Overdue materials can be returned to any library location in person or by mail. The amnesty does not include any fines from previously returned or lost items.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What library materials qualify for the amnesty?
All overdue materials owned by the Wayne State University Library System that are still checked out and have a “Billed” status will qualify for the amnesty.
2. What is not covered by the amnesty?
Fines that were incurred for already returned or damaged items are not covered. Fines incurred during the amnesty period also do not qualify.
3. What about material borrowed through Interlibrary Loan?
Fees and fines incurred on materials borrowed through Interlibrary Loan are not covered by the amnesty.
4. What about damaged materials?
We ask that you return any damage materials to the library, no matter what the condition of the item is. Upon return please bring damaged material to the attention of a circulation supervisor to discuss the most appropriate remedy. The WSU Library reserves the right to either waive all fees or fines associated with material or request a replacement copy. If it is agreed that you will replace damaged material with an appropriate copy all fees and fines will be waived.
5. How do I know if I qualify to take advantage of the amnesty?
You can check your account through your “My Library Account” on the Libraries’ home page. If any of your books have a “Billed” status with a DUE date prior to October 1st, 2009, then you qualify.
6. Can I return my items in the bookdrop when the library is closed?
Yes, as long as you return your overdue items during the amnesty period your fines will be cleared. You can return them in person or by mail. Go to www.lib.wayne.edu to check the libraries’ hours.
7. When will my fines be cleared?
The fine is automatically cleared from your record when the item is checked in.
8. Will the library holds on my record also be cleared?
Library holds will be cleared as long as you do not have a fine of more than $50 unrelated to material(s) returned as a result of the amnesty.