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Food for Fines

By cbrombosz on October 31, 2018 12:11 PM | Permalink

Library users that have accrued fines for overdue books can reduce the fine by returning the overdue items (yes, we have to have the item(s) back first), and contributing non-perishable food items. Library patrons eligible for this program include UNLV undergraduate and graduate students, UNLV faculty and staff, OLLI students, and public borrowers.

For each non-perishable, unexpired food item you donate, $1 will be reduced from your eligible library fines, up to a maximum of $20.

The donated food will be accepted to cover fees and fines for books and DVDs overdue from Health Sciences Library, Lied Library, the Architecture Studies Library, Music Library, and the Teacher Development & Resources Library. It also covers fines and fees for interlibrary loan books and reserve items.

Library fees that may NOT be paid for with food are fines and fees for:

Billed items that are still checked out – the item must be checked back in by the library
Lost or damaged books
Fines or fees for items from the Wiener-Rogers Law Library
Fines or fees for items from non-UNLV or other NSHE locations such as CSN, NSC, DRI
Services fees for Special Collections & Archives
Printing fees from Knowledge Production or the Teacher Development & Resources Library
Guest printing cards
Collection agency fees


This program covers existing current UNLV Libraries fines only; no credit is given toward future library fines.

The food items may be delivered tothe InfoCommons Circulaton Desk where library staff will update your patron record and then reduce the fine based on the number of food items donated.

All donated food items must have labels and be unopened and undamaged and unexpired. Here are the type of non-perishable food items that are IDEAL for the UNLV Food Pantry:

  • Tuna (canned or vacuum packed), canned meat, ham, salmon or other proteins
  • Canned stews, soups, chili, and pasta meals
  • Canned or dried beans
  • Rice, instant mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, or pastas;
  • Canned pasta sauces (no glass jars, please)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned or powdered milk
  • Baking mixes, pancake or baking mixes, flour, sugar
  • Boxed cereal, oatmeal, and other breakfast items like breakfast bars, whole grain and low sugar
  • Holiday-theme foods for Thanksgiving such as mashed potatoes, turkey dressing, cranberry sauce, cookie mixes, hot chocolate
  • Peanut or other nut butters
  • Canned, plastic, or boxed juices (no glass)


Here is what we CANNOT ACCEPT:

  • Dented or rusted canned goods OR canned goods without labels:
  • Damaged items
  • Opened items or packages
  • Expired items or packages
  • Sodas
  • Items in glass containers (glass is just too fragile)
  • Homemade or home-canned items
  • Items that contain little to no nutritional value (Ramen, candy bars, etc.)


All donated food items will be donated to the UNLV Food Pantry.

If you do not have library fines or fees, but would like to donate food, we will gladly accept all food donations and deliver them to the UNLV Food Pantry.

If you have questions about this program, please contact Macy Dizon, Billing Specialist in Lied Library, at macy.dizon@unlv.edu or via phone at 702-895-2116.