We're eliminating most overdue fines and changing borrowing periods

The SFU Library no longer charges fines on overdue regular (non-reserves) books.

Borrowed a book from the stacks but can't get it back on time? No worries! The Library is eliminating overdue fines on regular books. 

Exceptions for fines

Fines will still be charged for other overdue materials, such as:

  • Reserves items
  • Equipment
  • Media Collection items
  • Special Loan items (such as bound journals, maps, etc.)
  • Recalled items that are not returned on time.

Fine print: This change is not retroactive, and does not apply to overdue fines that were accrued before May 7 2018. 

You can renew books unless they are requested by another user.  If you don't renew books when they are due, you may incur a fee if the book is considered lost and therefore no longer part of the Library's collection of books.

For complete details on loan periods and fines, see Borrowing Library materials

Changes to loan or borrowing periods

Longer loan periods for stacks materials (including material from the Curriculum Collection):

  • Semester loans for most students
  • Three-week loans for external borrowers, IB (International Baccalaureate) students, alumni, and reciprocal borrowers
  • Up-to-semester loans for non-credit students (depending on course length).
Starting May 7
Contact for further information
Mark Christensen, Head of Access Services, mca162@sfu.ca