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SOAS Library

Paying library fines

You’ll be fined if you return or renew an item after the due date. This also applies to recalled materials that you return after the new due date.

Please be aware that fines are calculated when you return items, so you will not see any ​fines accrued on overdue items until then.  So, it is important that you are aware of when your items are due.

Our current fine rates
Loan TypeFine
Long loans (2 weeks/1 month/3 months) 25p per day
One-week loans 75p per day
Music CDs (3-day loan) 75p per day
DVDs (3-day loan) 75p per day

There are also charges for lost items or anything that’s damaged when it’s returned.

How to pay fines
  • At the Library Issue desk in person with cash or cheque (made payable to SOAS - Library).
  • Fines of £3 or more can be paid via the SOAS Online Store.  
  • You can also pay fines via the Finance Office
    • By phone on 020 7074 5030, during office hours 9am to 5pm, Mon-Fri.
    • In person by credit/or debit card to the Finance Office at Vernon Square.
    • If you’re prepared to send your card details, the Finance Office will accept payment by email too: cashiers@soas.ac.uk
    • Please ask the Cashier to email the Library about your payment. They’ll add it to your record and send you a confirmation email.

Please make sure you clear any fines or outstanding charges before you complete your studies at SOAS. Otherwise it could delay your results or graduation information.