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

Why We're Going Fine Free

We at Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons believe in providing access to knowledge for all. The near-and-long-term implications of the COVID-19 virus on teaching, learning, and the student experience, side by side with the socioeconomic, political, or technological variables currently reshaping higher education, have, together, affirmed the importance of eliminating barriers to access and affordability facing our students, faculty, and community.

Eliminating fines for overdue materials will provide the Seattle University community with greater access to the Library's vital materials, resources, and services. Beginning March, 22, 2021, overdue fines will be eliminated for Summit and Interlibrary loans, same-day technology loans, and reserve items.

Lemieux Library's Fine Free commitment is part of an ongoing effort at the Library to re-imagine and leverage the role of academic libraries as institutions positioned to neutralize socioeconomic barriers to information and technology. See the Lemieux Library and McGoldrick Learning Commons Strategic Plan (AY2018-2021) for more information about the ways we are advancing inclusivity and equity in the Library.


What items are included in the Fine-Free Commitment?

  • Lemieux Library materials
  • Resource Sharing materials, including Summit and Inter-library loans
  • Technology loans
  • Course Reserve materials, such as books, DVDs, anatomy kits, etc.

What about the overdue fines currently on my account?

We are giving all patrons a fresh start. Existing overdue fines for patrons will be cleared beginning March 29, 2021

Does the Fine-Free Commitment apply to lost or damaged item fees?

No. The Fine-Free Commitment applies only to overdue item fines. If you currently have fees for lost or damaged materials, those charges will remain in effect.

Returning items on time

Lemieux Library continues to urge patrons to return their library items on time to ensure others can enjoy our resources. 

Patron will receive courtesy notices via email to remind them when materials are due, as well as when they are past due. Once an item is considered lost, a lost item replacement fee of $90.00 will be charged to your account. You are responsible for these charges.

Lost Item Replacement Fees

Lost item replacement fees are removed once items are returned to the Library. If you cannot locate the item, or it is damaged, you will be required to pay the associated fees.


For more information regarding loan periods and lost or damaged item fees, please contact the Access Services Department at (206)-296-6233 or

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