Some Things You Should Know:
- Please bring your Campus ID card or library-issued user card to borrow materials from the library.
- Ensure your address, email, phone number are current, so you will be able to receive time-sensitive notices. You can update your contact information in My Contact Info on PAWS.
- Return or renew library materials on time, and take good care of library materials. Fines are levied on items returned past their due date. Damaged or lost items will be charged to your account and an invoice will be issued.
- View your Library Account to see what items you have borrowed, when they are due, outstanding fines and charges, and what material may be on hold. You can also renew material and place holds/recalls on material that is on loan to another patron. Library Account is accessible from the top-left of the library home page, or on PAWS.
If you have any questions about borrowing library materials that are not answered on the following pages, please ask at any University library location.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who can borrow materials from the University Library?
Q: How do I get a library card?
Q: When does my library card expire?
Q: What happens if I lose or damage my library card?
Q: What can I borrow from the Library, and for how long?
Q: How do I renew library material that I have already checked out?
Q: How do I put a hold/recall on library material that is checked out?
Q: What happens when an item is recalled from me?
Q: Is there a limit to the total number of items I can have checked out?
Q: Can I return library materials to any library on campus?
Q: What happens if I return library material late?
Q: Do fines on my account mean I can't borrow library materials?
Q: What happens if I lose or damage library material?
Q: Where and how can I pay my library fines?
Q: Whom can I talk to if I have a question about a library fine?
Q: Who can borrow materials from the University Library? Back to Top
There are 4 main groups of library users:
- Current students, faculty, and staff of the University of Saskatchewan
- Affiliates - members of organizations affiliated with the University of Saskatchewan
- Alumni of the University of Saskatchewan
- External Borrowers (ie, none of the above) - must pay user fee of $150 per year
Q: How do I get a library card? Back to Top
- For students, faculty and staff, your current Campus ID Card serves as your library card. For faculty or staff who do not yet have a Campus ID card, please bring your confirmation of employment letter to any library checkout desk to set up your library account.
- Affiliates need to provide proof of affiliation and a picture ID with a current address.
- Alumni need to bring a current U of S Alumni Association card and a picture ID with a current address, such as a driver's license, to any library check-out desk.
- External Borrowers need to bring 2 current pieces of ID, one of which has a current address (eg: driver's license), to any library check-out desk - a $150 per year non-refundable fee applies.
Q: When does my library card expire? Back to Top
- Undergraduate student library cards expire on August 31
- Graduate student library cards expire on September 30
- Faculty and staff library cards expire at the end of their term of employment
- Affiliates' library cards expire either 1 year from date of issue or at the end of their term of appointment
- Alumni library cards expire 1 year from date of issue
- External borrowers' library cards expire 1 year from date of issue
Q: What happens if I lose or damage my library card? Back to Top
- Report a lost card to the library immediately to prevent unauthorized use
- Lost Campus ID Cards (students, faculty and staff) need to be replaced at the Bookstore - the cost is $20.00.
- Lost or damaged library-issued cards (alumni, external borrowers, affiliates) are replaced by the library.
Q: What can I borrow from the Library, and for how long? Back to Top
- Most library materials may be borrowed for 3 weeks. They may be renewed twice (unless recalled).
- Faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible for long-term borrowing of library materials at some libraries, subject to holds/recalls. Inquire at individual libraries for policy details.
- Some current issues of journals may be borrowed for short periods of time (inquire at individual libraries for details). Renewals are not allowed.
- Reserves are materials that have been placed in a special area of each library, often at the request of an instructor, because they are in high demand (for example, on a required reading list for a course). Reserves can only be borrowed for short periods of time, or are restricted to in-library use to keep them accessible to everyone; loan periods vary from library to library and item to item. Renewals are not allowed.
- Reference books usually cannot be borrowed.
Please note: Borrowing periods for all library materials may vary, depending upon the borrower's status (undergraduate student, graduate student, faculty, staff, etc.), the type of material and the individual library. Always confirm due dates when you are borrowing material.
Q: How do I renew library material that I have already checked out? Back to Top
Check Library Account on the library home page, or via PAWS, and follow the prompts for renewing materials. Be sure to note your new due dates. Items can only be renewed twice.
Q: How do I put a hold/recall on library material that is checked out? Back to Top
A due date beside an item in the catalogue indicates it is checked out.
If you would like to borrow the item:
- Click on Request Hold and follow the prompts
- The borrower will receive a recall notice to return the item within 7 days
- You will be notified when the item has been returned, and how long it will be held for you
Please note: When an item is on the hold shelf, a library employee must place your hold on the item for you.
Q: What happens when an item is recalled from me? Back to Top
You will receive a recall notice from the library asking you to return the item to the library within 7 days from the day the recall notice was generated. Fines are levied on overdue recalled items at $2.00/day.
Q: Is there a limit to the total number of items I can have checked out? Back to Top
- Students, Faculty, and Staff = 150 item limit
- Affiliates = varies with organization
- Alumni = 10 item limit
- External Borrowers = 10 item limit
Q: Can I return library materials to any library on campus? Back to Top
- Reserves must be returned to their home library.
- Please return Interlibrary Loan materials and CDs to the library from which you borrowed them.
- All other library material can be returned to any branch of the University Library.
Q: What happens if I return library material late? Back to Top
Fines are levied on overdue materials, as follows:
- $1.00/hour for overdue reserve materials
- $2.00/day for overdue recalled materials
- $1.00/day for all other overdue materials.
Please note: If you do not return an overdue item within 3 months, you will be
sent a bill to cover the replacement cost (ie, purchase price) of the
item, plus a non-refundable processing fee of $30.00
Q: Do fines on my account mean I can't borrow library materials? Back to Top
If your library fines reach or exceed $30.00, you will not be able to borrow library materials. Please note that outstanding library fines may also mean you are unable to register in future courses, receive marks or transcripts, or graduate. Unpaid accounts may be referred to a collection agency.
Q: What happens if I lose or damage library material? Back to Top
Report all lost or damaged material to the library. If you are unable to find the lost item, or the damaged item is not repairable, you will be billed for the replacement cost (ie, the purchase price) of the item plus a non-refundable processing fee of $30.00.
Q: Where and how can I pay my library fines? Back to Top
You may pay your library fines in person at any branch library on campus. Cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, and money orders are all accepted. You may also pay your fines by phone using VISA or Mastercard.
- Education and Music Library 966-6044
- Engineering Library 966-5976
- Health Sciences Library 966-5992
- Law Library 966-1445
- Murray Library 966-6043
- Natural Sciences Library 966-6047
- Veterinary Medicine Library 966-7205
Q: Whom can I talk to if I have a question about a library fine? Back to Top
You can inquire at any check-out desk in the library - you may be referred to a Supervisor at the library where fines have accrued.