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Lost Books

If you lose a Library book, or if a book is stolen from you, please report it to staff at the Library & IT Service Desk on the ground floor of the Library.

You should be aware that when a book is issued to you, the book becomes your responsibility. Therefore, the Library does ask for the replacement cost to be paid for all lost or stolen books. We will accept a replacement copy of the same edition, if it is in good condition. Sometimes, it is possible to buy cheaper secondhand copies from one of the secondhand bookshops in Galway, eg Charlie Byrne’s or Kenny's.

We aim to be helpful when books are reported missing. We will extend the loan to give you a chance to check with lost property offices.


If you return books late you will be fined, the following charges are applied for late returns:

  • 50 cent (50c) per day for books from the main Library
  • Two euro (€2) per day for three day loan books
  • Two euro per (€2) day for DVDs, videos and audiotapes
  • Four euro (€4) per day or part thereof for one day loan books 

You will not be able to borrow if you have fines totalling five euro (€5) or more on your account.

Paying your Fines

Fines are paid through your Print Credit Account.

To pay your library fines:
  1. Login to your print credit account at
  2. Select the ‘Library Fines’ link on the left hand side menu
  3. Select the fines to pay
  4. Click 'Pay Now'
  5. The amount will be deducted from your print credit and the fines marked as paid on your library account

Online access to results: If online access to your results was blocked due to an unpaid fine which you have now paid, it will be up to 48 hours before you can access your results after payment of the fine. This 48 hours excludes weekends.

Final Year Students

Before the end of their degree or course final year students must:

  • Check their library accounts
  • Return all books and other materials
  • Pay any outstanding fines.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in online access to your exam results being blocked.