Due to limited operations we are working to figure out how to best handle material that was checked out that patrons are not able to return to the library.
We do have external drop boxes, but the check in process will take 3-5 days.
If you would like to renew your books and can not do it on-line please reach out to ask a librarian chat or email. We will be able to continue to provide that service remotely.
You can also email Raelynn Richardson at email@example.com if you have specific questions about billing or have special circumstances that require regular policy overrides in this difficult time.
Most of all, be safe.
UNM University Libraries (UNMUL) notices are sent from firstname.lastname@example.org the UNMUL sends out four types of notices when you have items on your library account.
If you are a UNM affiliated user, the emails will go to your UNM NetID email address. Non-UNM affiliated users will be asked to provide an email address. It is the responsibility of the borrower to check this regularly and be aware of when their library books are due.
If you find an error on your account, please contact a member of the Access Services Billing Team or ask for a Claims Returned form at the Service desk of any branch library. Items should be claimed returned as soon as possible. See the Claims Returned tab for additional FAQ's.
Reminder notices for overdue and recalled library materials are sent via e-mail as a courtesy. Failure to receive a notice does not exempt a borrower from the responsibility to return books on time, and is not grounds for the cancelation of fines. University Libraries sends notices to UNM affiliated user’s UNM e-mail address. We encourage borrowers who do not regularly monitor their UNM e-mail account to arrange to forward mail from this account to their preferred account. Community Borrowers may choose to receive notices at any e-mail account.
Email notices are sent out at approximately 7am Mountain Time.
If you have filed a police report for the theft, bring that to a member of the billing team. We can then waive the cost of the book or the need to provide a replacement copy. If you are unable to get a police report, speak directly to a member of the team and we can determine what action to take.
If an item is not returned or renewed in a timely fashion it will be treated as a lost book. Borrower’s accounts will be billed and borrowing privileges will be suspended.
UNMUL uses an average Standard Replacement Cost, which means that sometimes the cost of the item is actually lower than the charge. In this case it is in the best interest of both the library and the borrower for the original to be found or a replacement copy to be brought into the library. There is a nominal fine ($10) for processing replacement copies. See “Replacement Copies” tab and the “Library Fines” tab for additional FAQ’s.
The bursar's accounts and library accounts are not instantly linked. Updates are manually made weekly, if you need changes made immediately please contact a member of the Access Services Billing Team to verify your payment and adjust your library account.
Generally, the Access Service Billing Team tries to check in and clear billed items as soon as possible. During the beginnings and ends of the semester there is an increased amount of billed books to process and this will take a little longer. The billing team strives to have items processed within 24-48 business hours. If it has been longer than 48 business hours, and books are still on your account please contact a member of the team.
If you have a billed book it does take an extra day to route the book to the proper library before all the records can be cleared. Turning in a book to a different branch may add 24-48 hours to the total amount of processing time.
Yes, just return the book to the branch library which it was checked out. If you let the Service Desk know it is a lost billed book they will route it to a member of the Access Services Billing Team.
In the process of changing status of books that have been lost and paid, new bills are being generated. They should be immediately canceled. If there is any questions about a lingering bill, contact Raelynn Richardson.
As soon as you realize a book that you returned is still on your account, let the library know. You can contact Ask-A-Librarian or any one of the Service Desks. A search card will be filled out and the Claims Returned process will begin. The missing item will be renewed, and notes will be made on your account. When the item is found, it will be checked in and cleared off your account. If it is not found, the billing team member for that branch will change the status to claims returned
We need the item information and your name and NetID or Barcode. It is also useful to know approximately what date the item was returned, and to which branch or drop box.
After the initial search period, a book will then change status to billed or claims returned. A claims returned will remain on your account until the item is located. You will not be charged for a claims returned book. There is a limit to the number of Claims Returned Items before an account is blocked. If this has occurred, please contact a member of the Access Services Billing Team to discuss the details of your account.
Claims Returned is the status for books that the borrower has notified the library that they returned but something has gone wrong in the check in process. Claims Never Had is the status for a book that is incorrectly on a borrower’s account. It occurs when something has gone wrong in the checkout process. Both status has a limit of items that be on a borrower’s account before the account is blocked.
The lifetime number of claims returned or claims never had books to 5 for UNM affiliate users and 2 for community borrowers. Ideally, these books are found when a search is conducted, so they will be removed from borrower’s account.
In general, changing a book to claims returned stops the billing cycle. Once a borrower reaches their lifetime limit of claims returned items, some items may need to be replaced or paid for to clear the account.
The University Libraries prefers to receive replacement copies if the original item cannot be found and returned. Replacement books must be the exact same item (same ISBN) and in good condition. A $10 processing fee will be added to a borrower’s account. This allows for the item to return to circulation to be available to other users.
Replacement copies can be brought into to the Service Desk where the book was checked out. They can also be mailed directly to the Access Services Billing Team Members. Choose the appropriate member for the branch for which the book belongs. The address is:
Access Service Billing Team Member
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131
Use the Renew my Book link to sign in and access your library account. Click on the book that needs to be replaced. When the complete record opens, click on the arrow next to Description in the item detail. That information will include the ISBN.
For step-by-step directions with images, see the "Locating Replacement Copies" page.
You can also contact Ask-A-Librarian for assistance.
No, the copy does not have to be brand new. In fact some books are only available in the used book market. Please choose a book that is in “Good” condition or better. If the seller has listed defects, the library prefers a book that is not written in. It does not matter if the dust jacket is present. For more information on book conditions see, the Wikipedia List of used book conditions. Most booksellers still use these standards.
While the library is willing to accept general book donations, we are unable to accept donations in lieu of clearing a library bill. Replacement copies must be the same ISBN number to the billed item.
Yes, it charges a $10 overdue fine for items that are returned, replaced, or paid six months (180 days) after the due date. This does not include any service charges that may be placed by the bursar’s office for an unpaid account.
This is a $10 fine added to the borrower’s account to cover part of the processing involved to prepare a book to be part of the library collection.
Users may request books that are currently checked-out. This service is provided through Library Express, a part of Interlibrary Loan services. In this case, the Library may choose to fulfill the request in one of three ways: (a) purchase a second copy, (b) request item through Interlibrary Loan, (c) recall the item from the current borrower.
If a book is recalled from a current borrower, they will be notified through the same system that sends out library notices. The new recall due date supersedes the original due date. Borrowers will be notified when the recalled item has been returned and is available for pickup. If this item is not returned in a timely manner, it will be treated as lost. In addition, a $25.00 non-refundable Recall Processing Fine will be added to billed recalled items. If the item is not returned, but the charges are paid in full, library privileges will be reinstated. Any item returned or replaced after six months (180 days) will have an additional $10.00 library fine.
No, fines placed on a library account are non-refundable. Even if a lost billed book is replaced or returned, the fine will remain on the account. The only time a fine will be removed is if it was incorrectly placed.