Texas Tech University

Overdue and

Lost Item Policy

You are responsible for all items borrowed from the Texas Tech University Libraries. Make sure you return or renew check-out items by due dates. You may not be able to borrow items from the Libraries once you have overdue item(s) in your Library account.

Loan periods vary depending on item categories and your status at TTU. Please read Loan Periods for more details. You can always find due dates of check-out items in your Library account.

This policy is applicable to all Library check-out items EXCEPT for the Document Delivery item with a coverslip. Please contact the Document Delivery Department at (806)742-2239 or libraries.docdel@ttu.edu for more information.

Overdue Reminder & Notice

The Libraries are NOT responsible for notifying you that materials are overdue. Reminders and overdue notices are sent as a courtesy. Failure to receive reminders or overdue notices does not excuse you from the responsibility of returning or renewing items on time to avoid penalties.

An email reminder is sent to you a week before the due date. The reminder lists the title, call number, loan date, and due date of each item which is going to be overdue. Make arrangements for a renewal or a return once this reminder is received.

If you fail to renew or return items before the due date, an overdue notice is sent to you by email two business days after the due date. This notice lists the title, call number, loan date, and due date for each overdue item. Make arrangements for a renewal or a return once this notice is received.

Please remember to keep your contact information up-to-date.

Lost Item

If an item is not renewed or returned to the Libraries within 21 days of the original due date, it is declared to be "Lost".

For each “Lost” item, a replacement charge and a processing fee of $10 is billed to your Student Business Service account. The replacement charge varies depending on item categories. See below for details about replacement charge by item category.

  • Dynamic Media Services (DMS) Equipment: Replacement cost of the item
  • Books, bound periodicals, government documents, CDs / DVDs, reserve items, popular reading, children's books: $115

To pay the fines, please read the policy of Paying Library Fines for more information.

Returning Lost Item

You may return an item which has been declared “Lost” to the Libraries at any time. Once the item is returned, the Libraries will issue a credit for the replacement charge to your Student Business Service account within 72 hours. The $10 processing fee for each item is NOT refundable.

Contact Us

Any questions regarding overdue, lost item policy or loan periods, please contact the Circulation Department at (806)742-2265 or libraries.circulation@ttu.edu.