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Standard Fines

Students are charged fines for overdue items to encourage their return on time. 

To renew standard loans online:

  • Total fines must not exceed €15
  • The item has not been reserved by another reader
  • The item must not be more than seven days overdue

Lost Items

All readers are fined when an item is lost.

  • Price of item plus administration charge of €50

  • Readers should not obtain a replacement copy themselves

  • Until the Library is notified, lost overdue books will incur late fines

  • Contact Counter Supervisor at a Service Counter to arrange payment

Graduating with Fines

  • Students with College debts or overdue books will not have their degrees conferred

  • Those attempting to graduate with outstanding fines or overdue books will be sent a “Proctor's Letter” and charged an additional administration fee of €25

Sick Certificates

Students who have incurred fines through illness may have all or part of them waived on production of a signed sickness certificate from a registered medical practitioner. Only the period covered by the certificate will be waived. Contact the Counter Supervisor at the relevant Service Counter for details.

Unless a sickness certificate is obtained and produced, fines will stand and will not be waived.

Fines for Recalled Items

Staff may be charged fines of €1.25 per item, per day for failing to return a book that has been recalled within one week of the date of the recall notice.

Paying Fines

Fines can be paid in person at a Service Counter or online.

  • Cash
  • Cheque made payable to "TCD Number 1 Account"
  • Credit or debit card for fines of €15 and above via the Making a Payment page. Note, these payments are not instant; for instant payments, and for smaller amounts, use the Tcard system.

Library fines can also be paid using TCard, the Trinity College Dublin campus card which broadens the use of the Trinity staff and student ID card to include a cashless payment facility across the campus. TCard enables students and staff to access and pay for a range of services, including payment of Library fines, using the embedded electronic purse. 

Students can pay Library fines using the self-service fine payment stations located at the following locations, adjacent to FastLane machines:

  • Berkeley Library, 1st Floor
  • Lecky Library, Upper Level
  • Ussher Library, Orientation Space
  • Hamilton Library, Lower Level
  • John Stearne Medical Library

The fine payment is automatically recorded against the Student’s Library Account. Payment of fines at Library service counters using TCard is not supported.

TCard can be topped-up using cash at the loaders situated in the Arts Building and Hamilton Concourse, or using debit/credit cards online.

Technical support and other queries should be sent to or the TCard administrator can contacted in person at +353 1 896 1370 (service hours: Monday to Friday 9:00 to 17:00).