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SAULCAT - St Andrews University Library Catalogue

Joining the Library

Current University staff and students

Your University ID card automatically gives you membership of the Library. 

What you can borrow and access:

  • staff: 50 items and online resources* 
  • postgraduates: 40 items and online resources 
  • undergraduates: 25 items and online resources 
  • retired staff: 30 items.** 

*This includes honorary and emeritus staff who also have full library membership including access to electronic resources and Inter-Library Loans. 

**Retired staff are not automatically given Library membership. Please request this through Human Resources. Retired staff are not eligible to access our electronic resources as our license agreements only cover current staff and students of the institution. They also do not have access to our Inter-Library Loan service.

Members of the public and alumni

To join the Library please bring photographic ID (e.g. Driver’s License) as well as proof of address dated within the last three months to the Main Library service desk.

There is no charge to use the Library but not borrow. Please register at the welcome desk, ID, as above, is required.

To borrow, we charge £30 each year. This allows you up to 10 items, but no access to DVD or audiovisual material or online resources.

Graduates of the University of St Andrews pay a reduced charge of £20 each year. This allows borrowing of up to 10 items, but no access to DVDs, Short Loan, audiovisual material or online resources. 


Students or staff from participating institutions can join us through the SCONUL Access scheme. Apply on-line. When you recieve your confirmation email please come to the Main Library service desk with your ID card from your home institution. 

Band A, B and C members: can borrow 6 items but have no access to online resources or DVDs or audiovisual materials. 
Band R: is reference only. Undergraduate students from the universities of Abertay and Dundee are eligible to borrow 6 items under the terms of a local reciprocal agreement with those institutions.

Local school pupils

Senior pupils from local schools are eligible to join the Library. Membership is managed through your school.

This will allow you to borrow 6 books, however there is no access to online resources or DVDs or audiovisual material. We do not charge for this access.