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Food for Fines

Food for Fines

Want to save a little money and support a good cause? The University Libraries has partnered with the UNLV Food Pantry to combat food insecurity and wipe out library fines through the Food For Fines program. Food For Fines program will run from October 28-December 13, 2019.

Library users that have accrued fines for overdue books can reduce the fine by returning the overdue items, 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 $25.

The donated food will be accepted to cover fees and fines for books and DVDs overdue from Lied Library, Health Sciences 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 University Libraries fines only; no credit is given toward future library fines.

The food items may be delivered to the Lied Library Circulation 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:

  • Meat and high protein groups: peanut and other nut butters, canned tuna, ham, salmon, stews, spam, beans, soups, stews, or chili
  • Dairy products: canned or powdered milk
  • Canned goods: vegetables, fruit, etc.
  • Carbohydrates: boxed cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars, pancake and baking mix, flour, sugar, and instant food meals (mashed potatoes, pasta, macaroni and cheese boxes)
  • Holiday-themed foods: Mashed potatoes, turkey dressing, cranberry sause, cookie mixes, or hot chocolate
  • Water (by the gallon or in packs), canned or boxed fruit juices (no glass containers)

In addition, the UNLV Food Bank accepts donations of toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, toothbrushes, body lotion, soap, and feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons, etc.). Donations of these items can also be used to reduce fines.

Here is what we CANNOT ACCEPT:

  1. Dented or rusted canned goods OR canned goods without labels:
  2. Damaged items
  3. Opened items or packages
  4. Expired items or packages
  5. Soda
  6. Items in glass containers (glass is just too fragile)
  7. Homemade or home-canned items
  8. Items that contain little to no nutritional value (candy bars and other sweets)

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 or via phone at 702-895-2116.