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Fines for the late return of borrowed items will be charged according to the table below. While the Library strives to meet your information needs, we are also concerned about the needs of other users. Your effort to return the borrowed items on time is much appreciated by the Library and other users.

Loan Type Overdue Fine Payable Maximum Fine
General Collection HK$ 0 HK$ 0
  (Except recalled items)  
HKALL General Books HK$ 2 per day HK$ 100
  (3-day grace period*)  
Recalled General Books & Recalled HKALL Books HK$ 4 per day HK$ 100
  (3-day grace period*)  
Popular Books & Multimedia Items HK$ 2 per day HK$ 100
  (3-day grace period*)  
Course Readings HK$ 2 per hour HK$ 60
  (10-minute grace period)  
Special Materials HK$ 2 per day HK$ 100
(e.g. Reference, Serials, Special Collections, etc.) (no grace period)  
Laptop & Tablets HK$ 20 per hour HK$ 1,000

*Grace period is counted by calendar days.

The Library will assume that any outstanding borrowed item that has reached the maximum overdue fine has been lost by the borrower. For lost or damaged library items, you will be responsible for paying the full value of the replacement, a binding and processing charge, and the overdue fines accrued (if any) accordingly.

Payment by Octopus card is accepted at all Library branches. Additionally, payment may be made by credit card at the User Services Counter of the Main Library.

The following payment methods are accepted at Library counters:
Au Shue Hung Memorial Library (Main Library)
  • Cash
  • Octopus card
  • Credit card (Visa/MasterCard/UnionPay)
    - Contactless payment (payWave) supported for Visa/MasterCard only
Dr. Stephen Riady Chinese Medicine Library
  • Cash
  • Octopus card
Shek Mun Campus Library
  • Cash
  • Octopus card

For further inquiries on Library fines/charges, please contact the User Services Counter at 3411 7444 for assistance.