Coming Soon: CUNY-Wide Overdue Book Amnesty


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From Monday, November 14 through Wednesday, November 23, CUNY libraries are offering amnesty on overdue books. Yes, that’s right, you can return your overdue library books without fear of overdue fines!

Be aware that amnesty does not apply to all library fines and fees. It applies only to books from the circulating stacks and does not include any of the following:

  • Recall fines (i.e., fines for late return of a recalled book)
  • Existing/outstanding fines (i.e., unpaid overdue fines from books returned in the past)
  • Lost book replacement fees
  • Damaged books
  • Reserve books
  • Equipment (laptops, audio recorders, etc.)

Start gathering your overdue books now (if your memory needs jogging, log into OneSearch or the classic library catalog to see what overdue books you have), and get ready to return them starting on November 14!

For additional information, contact the Circulation Desk at 212-817-7083 or

About the Author

Jill Cirasella is the Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication at the CUNY Graduate Center.