Lost or Damaged Books
Damaged Books - If a book is returned damaged, the borrower will be charged for repairs such as replacement of a warped or molding binding. If a book cannot be repaired, the borrower will be charged the replacement cost for the book plus a processing fee and any overdue fines. When a book is out of print, the borrower will be assessed costs for replacing the item with a similar title on the subject, except in cases where the item may be available through rare book dealers.
Lost Books - Books are considered "Lost" when they are 56 days overdue. The borrower will be charged for the cost of a replacement copy, plus a $35.00 processing fee and any overdue fines. The price of the book is refundable within two years of the date paid. The processing fee is non-refundable. Patrons may provide replacement copies to the library in lieu of paying the cost of replacement; but, must be willing to accept the risk of the copy being rejected by the bibliographer. The replacement copy must meet the following criteria:
- same edition
- same ISBN number
- same publisher
- same publication year
- same or very similar number of pages including any maps, illustrations, etc.
- new or very good condition (no markings, highlighting, tears, loose pages, broken end sheets, stains, mold, etc.)
If the replacement copy is rejected by the bibliographer, the patron will be charged the price of the book, processing fee and any applicable overdue fines. If the replacement copy is accepted by the bibliographer, the patron pays only the processing fee and any applicable overdue fines. The processing fee is non-refundable. The replacement copy becomes the property of the University of Georgia Libraries.