Law Library fines are charged according to the following schedule:

Reserve General Collection Video Overdue Recall Lost Item
$2.00 per hour $1.00 per day $2.00 per day $5.00 per day $124.00 per item
  • Renew your books, to avoid fines, through your Library Account.
  • Late general collection materials accrue daily fines.
  • Late course and other reserve items accrue fines immediately and at an hourly rate.
  • All fines and charges are added to the patron’s student account.
  • Payments must be made through Student Accounts office. Payments are not accepted at the circulation desk.
  • Email the Circulation Desk, call (202-662-9131), or visit the Circulation Desk in Williams for questions concerning the amount or the reason for fines or charges.

Lost Items

  • All items overdue by four weeks are declared lost by the Law Library.
  • The patron will be charged a lost book fee, a processing fee, and the accrued overdue fine for a total cost not to exceed $124.00.
  • Replacement bills for videos are issued at one week past the due date.
  • Replacement bills for Reserve materials are issued four days past the due date.


  • You will receive an emailed notice if an item you borrowed has been recalled.
  • You will be provided a new due date for the item.
  • Fines will be assessed if a recalled item is not returned by the new due date.

Overdue Fine/Lost Book Appeal

Claims Returned Procedure

  • Contact the circulation desk if you received a lost book or overdue notice for materials that you believe have been returned, or submit a Patron Claims Returned Form (which contains additional information regarding our Claims Returned Procedure).
  • Your library privileges are not affected while the Library investigates your claim.

Main Campus Books