Q: would like to know why SFU Library’s overdue policies are so stringent in comparison to other universities in BC. At SFU, library borrowing privileges are suspended if the fine exceeds $5. At UBC, the limit is $50, and UVIC is $20. Canada’s largest academic library system, University of Toronto, has a $25 limit. UBC’s and U of T’s demand for library services far exceeds that of SFU, yet they have a more generous policy.
I am a graduate student in a humanities-related field, and thus, need to borrow many books. I had 21 books due midnight on Sep.12, but I missed the renewal deadline by 3 MINUTES (I have a screenshot to prove this). Now I have $21.00 in fines and can’t borrow anything. Food for Fines usually happens in late November, but I cannot wait that long and need to borrow books before then. SFU should consider changing its suspension policy and raise the fine limit to at least $20-25. This is the standard across institutions in BC and Canada.
I hope you will seriously consider this request. Thank you for your time and attention.
A: Scott Mackenzie, Head of Access Services, will get in touch with you about your specific circumstances. It has been some time since we established the $5 fine cut off limit and we will review the policy.
Thanks for the suggestion.