Loan periods, recalls and charges
- Borrowing from the Library
- Returning items to the Library
- How many books can I borrow?
- When are books due back?
- How to recall a book or journal
- Charges and fine rates
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).
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:
University of St Andrews Library
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.
|Postgraduates||40||Students from local schools / University of Dundee or Abertay student or staff / SCONUL||6|
|Loan type||Length of loan||Number 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 are available for 4 hours or overnight. By borrowing after 17.00, items will be due back at 10.30 the next day.
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.
|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.