Overview of fees
Based on the fee regulations of Paderborn University Library (Gebührenordnung der Universitätsbibliothek Paderborn vom 20.05.2010), fees will be charged in the following cases:
- Overdue fines
Overdue fines are based upon a fixed charge per day and are billed per item:
- on the 1st day of the overdue period for each item: 2 Euros,
- on the 11th day of the overdue period for each item an additional 3 Euros,
- on the 21st day of the overdue period for each item an additional 5 Euros,
- on the 31st day of the overdue period for each item an additional 10 Euros.
Overdue fines for short term loans are
- 2 Euros per day and item up to a total of 20 Euros per item.
Borrowed items that are not returned after 40 days (short term loans after 10 days respectively) are considered as ‘lost’.
Please note: These are not 'reminder charges', which only apply if the library sends out 'reminders', but 'overdue fines', which automatically arise when items are returned late. There is no waiting period or similar. You are responsible for adhering to due dates. We therefore recommend that you check your library account regularly.
- Replacement charge for lost, damaged or not returned items
If you lose, damage or do not return items or parts of items (within 40 days, in the case of short-term loans 10 days after due date), you will be charged the actual replacement or repair costs or you will have to pay a compensation. In addition, an administration fee of 25 Euros per item will be charged and any overdue fines incurred must be paid.
Fees can be paid by card at the pay machines in the entrance area of the library. Payment of fees with cash is currently suspended.
If there are charges exceeding 25 Euros on your account (regardless of whether they are, for example, overdue fines or postage costs for interlibrary loan notifications), your library card will be automatically blocked. If there are charges of less than 25 Euros, your card will be blocked after a period of four weeks.
Any fees and expenses incurred may be reduced or waived entirely by way of exception upon written application (to be sent informally to the University Library) if their collection would constitute a particular hardship in the individual case (§ 8 Abs. 1 GebO).