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Library fines add up, lock student accounts

Francis Flisiuk

Posted on February 04, 2015 in News
By Francis Flisiuk

Students collectively owe the Glickman library in Portland an estimated amount of $4,375 in overdue book charges, with 29 students blocked by student accounts because they owe more than $100.

According to the director of libraries David Nutty, once a book is two weeks overdue, it’s assumed lost and a “billed book policy” is started. The student is then charged $45 for the book, plus a $10 processing and billing fee. If the book is returned all the fees would be waived, if not the bill gets transferred to the student accounts office.

“Our goal is to get the book back, not to make money,” said Nutty. “After two weeks, it becomes an issue with student accounts.”

For 29 students, because of their overage charges, they remain blocked by the registrar, meaning they can’t sign up for classes, get transcripts or even graduate until they settle their debt.

“They either need to pay off the bill, return the book, or speak to us, before they can do business with the university again,” said Nutty. “Under some extenuating circumstances, we’ve let students off the hook in the past.”

Nutty said that the reasons behind students not returning books on time are as varied as the individuals themselves and that forgetfulness and neglect probably play a role.

“Some people frankly just come in and say they’ve lost the book, pay the fees and move on with their lives,” said Nutty.

Another source of expenditure for the library is the occasional theft of property. According to Nutty, there’s been an individual stealing books from the library on two separate occasions: once in January and then again back in July. Nutty said that based on the images captured by security camera footage, the two thefts were committed by the same person.

Earlier in January, the individual set off the alarm and ran from campus with about eight books. By the time the police got there, the individual was already gone.

There is no way to exit the library without passing through the security gate, which reads the magnetic strip embedded within books, in a similar fashion to the gates in retail stores.

“That was the only blatant theft we’ve had in recent times,” said Nutty. “It’s not really a big problem for us. We’ve had more cases of petty thefts like purses or bags missing than anything else.”

 

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