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UB Libraries waiving fees on overdue books

The UB Libraries is preparing to transfer the records of its more than 4.2 million printed materials to a new database. Nearly 3,000 of those materials are overdue or considered lost. Photo: Mark Mulville

By MARCENE ROBINSON

Published November 21, 2017

“We just want the books back so that others can use them.”
Charles Lyons, associate university librarian for discovery and delivery

The next few weeks may be your window to return that long-overdue library book.

The UB Libraries is holding Amnesty Campaign 2017, a month-long initiative from Nov. 17 through Dec. 18 that calls on the UB and Buffalo communities to return overdue books and materials in exchange for waived fines and fees.

In most cases, the UB Libraries will be able to forgive all overdue fines or fees. Charges will not be waived for books that are not returned.

Materials may be returned to a circulation desk in any UB library.

“We encourage everyone — students, faculty, staff and community members — to take advantage of this opportunity to get those overdue fees waived, no questions asked. We just want the books back so that others can use them,” says Charles Lyons, UB associate university librarian for discovery and delivery.

Amnesty Campaign 2017 comes as the UB Libraries prepare to transfer the records of its more than 4.2 million printed materials to a new database. Nearly 3,000 of those materials are overdue or considered lost.

By collecting lost books or permanently removing them from the system, this initiative will lead to more accurate counts for materials.

Members of the UB community can view their checked-out items or potential fines online.