Library Fines/Fees

Where to Pay

Library fines can be paid online or through the mail.

If you need to know the balance owed, view My Account.

Pay fines online. Select “Fine” and “View Details” to complete your payment. The system accepts all major credit cards.

Patrons wishing to pay through the mail should send a check or money order to:

UWM Libraries
Main Circulation Desk – library fines
P.O. Box 604
Milwaukee, WI 53201

Returned checks are subject to a $20 Bounced Check Fee.

Any questions concerning fines, fees or payments should be directed to Library Service Charges at:

Phone: (414) 229-4132


Recall Fines

Recall fines accrue at a rate of $1.00 per day per late item. Any UWM student or Faculty/Staff Member can recall an item from another library user. Community borrowers also share this privilege. Recall notices are sent out the day after a recall is placed, and recall overdue notices are sent out the day after a recalled item is due. Please note that overdue items which are recalled will automatically begin accruing fines of $1.00 per day per item from the date on which the item became overdue.

Lost Item Replacement/Processing Fees

When an item is overdue for 28 days, it is automatically declared lost and a $100.00 replacement fee assessed. If the lost item is returned, the replacement fee will be waived.

The option of bringing in a replacement copy instead of paying the replacement fee may be available in many instances.

Damaged Item Fees

Items returned to the library damaged are sent to be reviewed by UWM Library Preservation Staff. Fees may range anywhere from a $15.00 rebinding fee for a damaged cover to a $100.00 replacement fee for a book or periodical that has been declared a total loss. This may include a charge for staff time and/or repair materials. In most instances, the option to replace a destroyed book with a personal copy, or one purchased from a book store may be available.