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A guide to borrowing items from Lemieux Library, Summit and InterLibrary Loan

Appeals Policy

Overdue fines are assessed on Summit and InterLibrary Loan items per our reciprocal borrowing agreement with the other libraries. Overdue fines are assessed on Reserves and Equipment (such as laptops) because these are high demand items with short loan periods that our patrons need equal access to. More information about fines and fees is available here.

You may appeal if you believe the library charges are mistakenly assessed or extenuating circumstances warrant reduction or cancelation of the charges. 

Reasons generally not regarded as valid for canceling or reducing charges:

  • Lack of knowledge of library policy
  • Disagreement with library fine or fee structure
  • Inability to pay fees and charges
  • Material loaned to a third party
  • Non-receipt or late receipt of library reminder notice
  • Returning items to libraries other than Seattle University
  • Being out of town
  • Forgetting the due date
  • Term breaks, leaves, vacations, exams, car problems, etc.

To appeal a charge, please send an e-mail (Subject line: APPEAL) with the following information to

  • Your name
  • The book title and fine amount you are appealing
  • An explanation of the circumstances/reason for your appeal
  • A current phone number

Appeals will be considered by the Patron Accounts Technician and the Circulation Manager. You will receive a response within 72 hours via your Seattle University email account.

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