Circulation and Document Delivery


If a book is not returned by the due date, it is considered overdue and is subject to overdue fines as laid down by the Library Committee in the Library Regulations.

  • Overdue notices are sent via email on the 1st, 8th and 22nd day after the due date, after which the book is deemed lost and the borrower will be subjected to an additional processing fee of $100 and replacement cost.
  • It is the user’s responsibility to return checked out items on time and return all items to the Libraries before overseas trips to avoid overdue fines for recalled items.
  • The Library sends a variety of library notices as a courtesy reminder only. The Library will not accept non-receipt of overdue notices as a reason for waiving or reducing fines.

Access your circulation record from MYACCOUNT@HKUL on Find@HKUL homepage regularly and do not rely on notices; be aware of due dates and recalls. Any queries about your fine records should be raised within one month after the record is generated by the library system. 


Overdue Fines

Loan period Fines Maximum overdue fines
3 hours $5/hour $100
1 day, 2 days & 3 days $5/day $100
7 & 14 days $5/day $100
60 & 180 days $2/day $100
Recalled items $5/day $100
HKALL items $2/day $100
HKALL recalled items $4/day $100


Remark: The maximum fine for a long overdue item would be $200, inclusive of the processing fee of $100 and the maximum overdue fines of $100.