Responsibilities

You are responsible for returning or renewing library materials by the date they are due. Any overdue item is subject to fines. When library materials are 5 days overdue a courtesy reminder will be emailed to you. Failure to receive this notice in no way relieves you of the obligation to return the materials and/or pay the associated overdue fines.


Fines

Fines are charged for each day that the Library is open. You may return items while we're closed by using the "book drop" in the wall near the front (east) entrance. The fine will stop accumulating on the day the materials are left in the "book drop." Fines may be paid when the library is open.

Have fines or fees? Please contact Research &Access, (806) 651-2215 or circulation@wtamu.edu or pay online using our Online Payments link opens in new window system.

Overdue Fines

Overdue fine amounts by material type.
Material TypeFine Amount
Circulating$.10/day
Non-Circulating$1.00/day
Reserve (2-hour)$.15/hour
Reserve (day)$1.00/day
Interlibrary Loan$1.00/day
Locker Keys$5.00/day

Maximum fine - $18.00

Lost Items

If you lose a book, you are responsible for paying the replacement cost of the book, plus any overdue charges that might have accrued. The replacement cost includes the current market price of the library materials plus a $10 processing fee.

For Interlibrary Loan items, replacement and processing fees are determined by the lending library.

Damaged Book

  • Damage fees range from $5.00 to the replacement cost of the materials.
  • The replacement cost includes the current market price of the library materials plus a $10 processing fee.
  • For Interlibrary Loan items, replacement and processing fees are determined by the lending library.

Penalties

Unpaid fines or overdue materials from the Cornette Library will block your borrowing privileges. Unpaid fines and overdue, lost, or damaged items will prevent you from getting your transcript and/or from registering for classes.

An "administrative hold" will be placed on your overall WTAMU record if your library account becomes delinquent. Among the reasons your account could become delinquent are:

  • Excessively overdue books or other library materials
  • Outstanding fines, fees, or replacement costs associated with lost, damaged, or overdue library materials

When an administrative hold is placed on your account, you are unable to:

  • Register for classes
  • Receive financial aid
  • Obtain a transcript
  • Pick up your diploma

If no payment is received in 180 days, your delinquent account will be referred to a credit bureau for collection.


Payment

Payment is made at the Research & Access Desk by cash, check, Buffalo Gold Card, or credit/debit card. Only MasterCard, Visa, Discover, and American Express cards are accepted in the Library. Credit card payments may be made online. Check cards are also accepted if they are associated with one of the four credit card companies mentioned above.

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