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SAULCAT - St Andrews University Library Catalogue

Loan periods, recalls and charges

Borrowing from the Library

Self-service machines

To borrow, search the Library collections or browse the shelves for books then take them to the self-service machines (you'll also need your ID card).

Returning items to the Library

Please return Short Loans using the self-service machines in the Short Loan area on Level 2 of the Main Library.

In the Main Library, return all other items using the returns machine on Level 2. In other sites, please use the self-service machines. 

If the Main Library or St Mary's College Library are closed, items can be returned through the book drop located outside the entrance.

If you can’t get back to the Library to return books, please post them to us:

User Services
University of St Andrews Library
North Street
St Andrews
KY16 9TR    

How many books can I borrow?

University staff and students can borrow up to 4 books from Short Loan, at one time, and these are counted as part of the totals below. Other users, please check our information on different user categories

Undergraduates 25 Subscription readers 10
Postgraduates 40 Students from local schools / University of Dundee or Abertay student or staff / SCONUL 6
Staff 50    

 When are books due back?

Loan typeLength of loanNumber of automatic renewals
4 WEEK 4 weeks  4 renewals (undergraduate students and external members), 20 (postgraduates students and staff)
Short Loan 4 hours or overnight (conditions apply & St Andrews staff and students only)  None
3 DAY  3 days  10 renewals

All items may be recalled by other Library users. If an item you have borrowed is recalled, we will email your University account with the revised due date (you will have up to the original due date or 7 days, whichever is soonest, to return the item). Please return the books as soon as you can. Overdue recalled items will incur fines.

Short Loan items

Short Loan with books

Short Loan items are available for 4 hours or overnight. By borrowing after 17.00, items will be due back at 10.30 the next day

How to recall a book or journal

If the item you need is out on loan, recall it. When it is available for you, we'll email your University account and you can collect the item from the Hold Shelf in your selected location.

Please allow around 7 days for material to be returned.

Charges and fine rates

Loan typeCharge 
4 WEEK (recalled) £2.00 per day
3 DAY (recalled) £2.00 per day
Short Loan £0.50 per hour
Inter-Library Loan £1.00 per day
Inter-Library Loan (renewal) £4.00 per item

Please note: Library borrowing privileges are automatically suspended for users with fines exceeding £15.00. Payment of the fines will normally reinstate borrowing rights.

If an item you have borrowed is damaged, lost or stolen, we calculate the current cost of replacing the item, plus an administration fee of £10.00 per item. 

University of St Andrews students can pay charges online by logging in to Your Library Record from the Library homepage, and University staff  and external members can pay at the Service Desk in the Main Library.

Other charges

Parcelforce deliveries £6.55

Stacks with shelf signs