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SAULCAT - St Andrews University Library Catalogue

Loan periods, recalls and charges

Borrowing from the Library

Self-service machines

The Library is self-service. Search the Library collections or browse the shelves for books then take them to the self-issue machines (you'll also need your ID card) located on each floor of the Library. If you have any problems or questions, please ask at the Library Service Desk on Level 2 (the entrance floor of the Library).

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.

Normal or Multiple Copy books should be returned using the return machine on Level 2.

If the Library is closed, items can be returned through the book drop located outside the main door.

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 renewals
Normal Loan 4 weeks (1 year for Postgraduate students and staff) 4 (Undergraduate students), 3 (Postgraduates students and staff)
Multiple Copy (MC) 7 days Up to 20
Short Loan 4 hours or overnight (conditions apply & St Andrews staff and students only)  
Audiovisual  3 days (St Andrews staff and students only)  

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 have higher fine rates.

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 the Short Loan area. Here is a short video showing you how to recall items. We can also place a recall for you, contact us with the details on 01334 462331/2 or

Please allow around 7 days for material to be returned.

Charges and fine rates

The charges for items damaged, lost or stolen are calculated using the current cost of replacing the item, plus an administration fee of £7.50 per item. If a replacement copy is provided, the Library reserves the right to decline, then to invoice accordingly, should the replacement be unsuitable for any reason. Please note, an administration fee of £7.50 per item will be charged in addition to the replacement copy being provided.

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

Loan typeFine rate
Normal Loan (overdue) £0.20 per day
Normal Loan (recalled) £1.00 per day
Multiple Copy (overdue) £0.50 per day
Multiple Copy (recalled) £1.00 per day
Audiovisual £1.00 per day
Short Loan £0.50 per hour
Inter-Library Loan £1.00 per day

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

Inter-Library Loan charges

Please view our guide for full details of costs and charges. 

Other charges

Parcelforce deliveries £6.55

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