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Overdue Materials Fines

Type of Material Fine Amount Maximum Fine Per Item
Circulating Materials $0.25/day/item $25.00
Teacher Course Reserve (TCR) $10.00/day/item $50.00

Fine amounts increase daily excluding Sundays and holidays.

Overdue Notice

If an item has been recalled, is approaching its due date, or is overdue, an electronic notice may be provided as a courtesy, but is not guaranteed. Letter mail will be sent when materials are overdue by more than one month. It is the responsibility of the student to keep an eye on their email account and to ensure their address is up to date in the library.

Library Account Holds and Encumbrances

Library Account holds will cause all borrowing privileges to stop and are put into effect if:

  • The total library fines are equal to or greater than $5.00
  • Library materials have not been returned and overdue fines have not been paid on any item which is overdue by 4 weeks

A college encumbrance is placed on patron accounts when the following occurs:

  • The total amount owing on a library account is greater than $50. This includes both the overdue fines and the cost of materials not returned.

Encumbrances and suspended accounts are only cleared when all overdue materials have been returned and all library fines have been paid. Class marks/transcripts are withheld by the college until the account is cleared or at the discretion of St. Clair College administration.


If a patron disagrees with a levied fine they may appeal to the Director of Student Services by sending an email to

Lost/Damaged Materials

Patrons are monetarily responsible for the replacement of all damaged or lost library materials. The replacement cost for a book which is lost or damaged beyond repair includes the full acquisition cost of an available replacement copy (which may be a similar or updated work if an exact copy of the lost work is not available). Patrons who pay to replace a book are also responsible for the payment of any overdue fines associated with the book they are replacing.

A patron account will be charged the replacement cost of an item if it is overdue by more than four weeks. Only the replacement cost, and not accumulated overdue fines, is waived if the item is returned.

Access from Home

To access electronic resources, such as articles and e-books, off-campus you will need to have an active St. ClairONE Card, or for faculty and staff, a login ID assigned by library.

Troubleshooting Guide

To access the Library's electronic resources you must be a St. Clair student (full or part time), staff or faculty member. The following categories of borrowers do not have access to our electronic resources:

  • alumni
  • students not currently enrolled in a course
  • members of the public
  • direct borrowers from other colleges

If you believe that you should have access to our resources, please submit your claim by emailing or contact the Library Circulation Desk (519-972-2739)

Unable to Log In

An active St. Clair College student number or faculty/staff number is necessary for accessing the Library resources.