Answered By: Phoebe Stein
Last Updated: Sep 05, 2018     Views: 972

Library fines accrue for lost or damaged items. The library no longer charges daily overdue fees.

Lost & Damaged Items
Items returned with post-its, page markers, or bent pages will be charged $2 per page. Items returned with underlining or writing will be charged $1-5 per page. Items returned with permanent damage, including water, paint, ink and cut and torn pages will need to be replaced at the borrower's expense.

Items overdue by 30 days or more automatically lapse into Lost status. Lost items incur a $60 replacement fee and $10 processing fee. Patrons may replace these items themselves and have the fees waived, provided the replacement copy arrives within six months of the lost status occurrence. Otherwise, the Library reserves the right to bill the patrons the full fee total.

To view our complete fees and fines policies, visit the "Account & Policies" section at

To view your library fines, login to your library account in Vision. Click "My Account" and enter your SVA ID number and last name.


Next, you'll be able to view all of the items you have checked out, and any fines associated with those items. Your total fines will be listed in red.

A screenshot of a patron library account in Vision.


The library forgives fines up to $20. If you have more than $20 in fines, you will not be able to check out library materials, register for classes, graduate, or get grades or transcripts.

To pay your fines, click "Cash Net" and fill out the payment form. Payments are only accepted through this form; no cash or check payments can be accepted. There is a minimum payment amount of $2.

A screenshot of a patron account with Cash Net highlighted.


If you are in the library when you make your payment, show your payment receipt to staff at the circulation desk to have your fines forgiven. If you are out of the library when you make your payment, your payment will be received by the library's circulation managers, who will apply the payment amount to your library account.

For questions about SVA Library fines payments, email

Please note, any fines associated with the Film Library are separate from your SVA Library fines, and must be paid there. Contact for questions.