Answered By: Penn Librarian
Last Updated: May 20, 2021     Views: 604

Lost Penn Libraries materials are subject to a $200 lost item replacement fee. Lost items borrowed from another institution, i.e., through BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow, or Interlibrary Loan, are subject to an item replacement fee of $125 in addition to any late fees that have accrued. 

You may pay fees by mailing a check made out to "The University of Pennsylvania" to Van Pelt Circulation, 3420 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206. Please contact Circulation Services at if you have any questions about borrowing policies or procedures, or contact the specific library.

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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 or 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 processing replacement copies is $10. To be accepted, replacement copies must be the same edition as the one that was lost and 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 Books that have been withdrawn from other libraries will not be accepted.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 reserves the right to reject, for any reason, materials submitted for replacement.

Please note: many of our BorrowDirect, E-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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