All patrons are blocked from borrowing material when they owe over $25.00 on their Library Account.

Regardless of amount owned, all patrons are blocked when they receive a Third Statement of Charges (3rd SOC) until full payment is made.

Bills and Replacement Costs

Materials more than 30 days overdue are assumed lost and billed for replacement.  Some materials have a bill generated sooner, including, but not limited to,video cameras, Reserves, Periodicals, and Stark media.

  • KentLINK items indicate a default $75.00 item replacement charge.
  • OhioLINK items indicate a total cost of $125, which includes a $75.00 item replacement charge and a $50.00 non-refundable billing fee.
  • Interlibrary Loan items (received from other libraries not part of the OhioLINK system) also have a $115.00 replacement charge.
  • Other Replacement Charges

Damaged Items Policy

Patrons will not be charged for normal wear and tear of library items. Underlining and highlighting of text is NOT considered normal wear and tear. Patrons will be charged for extensive damage to library items. The amount of damage is to be determined by the library.

Replacement Policy

In most cases, library users may provide a replacement copy of lost or damaged items, instead of paying a replacement charge.

Library users are responsible for returning all borrowed materials on time and in good condition, allowing for normal wear. Badly damaged items, and items which are long overdue and presumed lost, will incur a replacement charge, which is a flat rate per item, depending on the origin of the item.

A replacement copy must be the same title and edition of the lost or damaged item, and must be in new or like-new condition (regardless of the condition of the borrowed item.) Kent State University Libraries staff reserve the right to determine if a replacement that is not, strictly speaking, new and unused, is in sufficiently good condition to accept as a replacement.

If you intend to replace a lost/damaged book, please refer to the book’s ISBN number to ensure you are purchasing the correct item. Ask library staff if you need help finding the book’s ISBN.

Users may provide a replacement copy (instead of paying the replacement charge) until the replacement charge is sent to the Bursar's Office, after which a replacement copy will no longer be accepted.

Once a replacement charge has been paid or a replacement copy has been accepted, the user may consider the borrowed copy theirs to keep. No refund or reimbursement will be issued once payment or replacement is made.

Waiver of Fines and Fees

Fines and fees are NOT waived, except under specific circumstances.