Answered By: Penn Libraries
Last Updated: Jun 01, 2020     Views: 140

Penn Libraries materials overdue for 28 days or more are automatically marked "lost" in our library system.  These items are  subject to a $200 lost item replacement fee. Items borrowed from another institutions, BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow, and Interlibrary Loan, which are overdue more than 28 days, are subject to an item replacement fine of $125.

All fees for lost Penn owned items, returned in good condition, are forgiven upon return of the item to a Penn Libraries circulation desk. Fees for  items on loan from another institution may not be forgiven depending on when the items are returned. Please contact the Interlibrary Loan Department at


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All fees are subject to change at the discretion of the head of circulation/library for each Penn Library. The actual replacement charge can be lower in the case of less expensive items and higher in cases of more valuable items.


At the discretion of the Libraries, replacement copies of lost books may be accepted in lieu of replacement fees. The fee for reprocessing replacement copies is now $10. To be accepted, replacement copies must be the same edition as the one that was lost. They must be new condition. Books that have been withdrawn from other libraries will not be accepted. Do not purchase a replacement copy before ensuring that it will be accepted by the Libraries. The owning library of the item being replaced reserve the right to reject, for any reason, any materials submitted for replacement. 

Please note: many of our BorrowDirectE-ZBorrow and Interlibrary loan lending partners will not accept replacement copies. For these materials we are obligated to follow the rules of the owning institution.


The fine for lost items from the Athenaeum of Philadelphia are $85 per lost book.

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