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All you need to know about charges for overdue or lost books

Paying Charges

Charges can be paid at the self-service machines using cash. Debit and credit cards may also be used if the charge is over £5. Telephone payments using a debit or credit card for charges over £5 can be made between the hours of:

  • Monday – Friday: 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 5pm
  • Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm

by calling 0208 3319651.

Appeal against charges

If you believe that fines have been charged that you should not have to pay (e.g. because you have been absent from university due to illness), you will need to complete an appeal against charges form. This process ensures that everyone is treated equally and fairly.


This guide aims to answer all your library charge queries and help you to avoid accumulating charges in the future. If you have a question which is not answered in this guide please contact us using the details in the contact box below.

University of Greenwich Libraries charge users for overdue or lost books. Fines are charged to encourage users to return library materials when they are due so other users can access them.

We want everybody to have a positive experience using the University of Greenwich Libraries, and we really don’t like issuing fines! Have a look at the FAQs and top tips pages to ensure you avoid charges.

Charges for overdue books

  • £2 per day for overdue reserved items

To renew your library books go to the Library Catalogue and click on My Library Account.

It is your responsibility to manage your library account. As a courtesy we send an email reminder to your university email account two days before books are due back. However, you should not rely solely on this courtesy email.

If you allow your fines to reach £20, your account will automatically be blocked. If this happens, you will need to reduce your fines to under £20 to continue to borrow.


Stockwell Street:

Call: 020 8331 7788

Avery Hill:

Call: 020 8331 9651

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