Interlibrary Loans: Overdue Fines

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) items are obtained by Trent University Library from any lending library worldwide, according to various agreements and established procedures. The lending agreement is between libraries, and not between the lending library and the user.

Therefore, when a Trent user fails to return an item on time, Trent University Library is held responsible. Serious violations can result in Trent University Library paying fines or losing borrowing privileges with other institutions, which has an impact upon service to other Trent users and damages the University's reputation.

This Interlibrary Loan Fine policy takes steps to ensure that items are returned or renewed within acceptable time periods.


See the Borrowing Regulations for information on fines charged to Interlibrary loans. Fines incurred are the responsibility of the registered card owner. 

ILL fines are paid at the Library Service Desk during service hours, similar to other library fines. Existing regulations regarding the payment of library fines and loss of privileges apply to ILL fines.

Items returned without their ILL book band may result in fines or a Lost Item charge.

Fines continue to accrue until the maximum is reached, the item is returned or renewed, or the item is reported lost to Library Service Desk staff.  Items returned when the library is closed will be back-dated to the last day the library was open.

ILL fines will display on your Omni Library Account once the item has been discharged by the library.


Overdue notices are sent when an item is recalled, overdue (weekly), and considered lost.


Approved by the Librarians’ Committee: June 24, 2014