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Courtesy notices are sent four days before a book is due, and overdue notices are sent the second day and the fourteenth day after a book is due. Available notices are sent the day after a requested book is received at the designated pick-up library. Recall notices are sent the day after a book is recalled by another user. Fine/fee notices are sent the day after the fine is incurred.

Library notices are sent by email to the borrower's NetID address ( If you prefer another type of email address, such as, please configure your mail preferences so that NetID mail is routed to the preferred address. Please go to and follow the instructions for routing mail. Note that failure to receive a courtesy or overdue notice does not relieve the borrower of responsibility to return or renew borrowed materials by the due date.

Overdue Fines

Loan TypeFine Rates
Hourly$.04/minute or $2.40/hour


* Late fees are not charged for regular loan materials renewed or returned within nine days of the due date. Items returned or renewed after the grace period has expired will be fined from the first day overdue. All other overdue loan materials are subject to immediate fines.


Lost Item Replacement Cost$75.00*
Recalled item fine$60.00
Overdue fine (non-recalled regular loan item)$25.00
Short term loan fine$35.00

 * This amount may be more if the item is of greater value

  • Items returned after billing: the replacement cost will be cancelled if the item has not already been replaced or reordered. Fines may not be cancelled.
  • Unpaid bills are sent to Cornell Collections after 60 days from the bill date.
  • Questions and appeals should be directed to Carla Bahn, Fine Arts Library Billing Supervisor,, or (607) 255-3710.

Appealing fines from the Fine Arts Library
Please submit this form to appeal fines that you believe are incorrect or that you feel should be waived due to special circumstances.  The library will send you an answer within a week of receiving your appeal.

For fines issued from another library, please contact the billing supervisor of that library.