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SOAS Library

Fines and charges

If you return or renew an item after the due date, you will be charged a fine. This also applies to recalled materials that are returned after the new due date.

Current fine rates
Loan TypeFine
Long Loans (2 weeks/1 month/3 months)25p per day
One Week Loans75p per day
CDs (3 day loan)50p per day
DVDs (overnight loan)50p per hour

Please note that charges are also made for lost items and any items that are returned damaged

To pay fines
  • Pay at the Library Issue desk in person with cash or cheque (made payable to SOAS - Library).
  • Pay by credit or debit card (chip and pin required) at the self-issue machines on Level E.
  • Online using a debit or credit card via the Online Payment system. Please allow 24 hours for processing of online payments. If overpayments are made, no refunds are given, but your library account will be credited. A £3 minimum applies to online fine payments. 

You can also pay fines via the Finance Office

  • By phone on 020 7074 5030, during office hours 9am – 5pm, Mon-Fri.
  • In person by credit/or debit card to the Finance Office at Vernon Square.
  • If you are prepared to send your card details, the Finance Office will accept payment via their e-mail address: cashiers@soas.ac.uk
    Please ask the Cashier to notify the Library (via e-mail) that you have paid. Your record will be amended accordingly and you will be sent a confirmation e-mail.

Please be sure to clear any fines or outstanding charges before you complete your studies at SOAS to avoid any delays in receiving your results or graduation information.