Overdue Items & Fines, Lost or Damaged Materials

Overdue items and fines

Overdue notices are sent, Monday to Friday, as a courtesy to remind borrowers of a missed due date. The overdue notice does not absolve a borrower of responsibility to return or renew materials. For Queen’s students, faculty and staff, the email address used for all Library notices is the patron’s Queens’s NetID.

We charge overdue fines for all overdue materials, recalled items and Reserves.

Open Access to Everything Else

The Open Access movement is growing in momentum both nationally and internationally. It is increasingly recognized that the value, use and application of intellectual works increases the more broadly they are available to be considered, shared, and used by others both within the research community, industry and society as a whole.

Here are a sample of useful links to Open Access initiatives in other areas of research, scholarship, education and government, both in Canada and internationally.

Holds, Recalls & Renewals

Holds & Recalls

What materials can I place a hold on?

  • Patrons can place a "hold" on any item currently out on regular loan,
  • Reserve materials cannot be put on hold

What can't I place a hold on?

  • Some materials in the Library's collections are not eligible for holds. Check with the appropriate library location for materials not eligible.

Can I renew an item on hold?

  • Placing a hold means that the current borrower will not be able to renew the item beyond the current due date.

Cards, Loan Periods & Limits


  • A valid Queen's library card is required to borrow and renew library materials.
  • Library cards must be used only by the card owner.
  • All fines and charges incurred are the responsibility of the card owner.

Valid Queen's Library Cards

Queen's Students, Faculty & Staff:

  • A current Queen's University student or staff card.

Queen's retired staff, faculty and emeritus. 

  • A letter informing us of your retirement.  The card issued by the library must be renewed yearly. 

View my Account

Borrowing library materials requires a library account / library card. Login to your library account to find out what you have borrowed, due dates, fines and status of your hold requests.

Library Account Login

Address and phone number changes

Address, phone number and email changes should be reported promptly so that Library staff can contact you when required. To report an address or phone number change: