Library Borrowing Policy & Fines For: 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Undergraduate student library cards expire on Aug 31 of the current academic year. 
  • Graduate student library cards expire on Sept 30 of the current academic year.
  • 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.

To renew or re-activate your library card contact any of our six library locations or ask for help at the check-out desk. 

  • Report a lost card to the library immediately. We can deactivate your lost card to prevent someone else from using it.
  • Lost USask ID Cards (students, faculty, and staff) need to be replaced at the Bookstore.
  • Lost or damaged library-issued cards (external borrowers and affiliates) can be replaced at any library check-out desk.

Check your current loans, due dates, and renew items through your library catalogue account or PAWS in the the Library - My Account channel. 

Library items can be renewed twice. 

A due date beside an item in the catalogue indicates it is currently checked out.

If you would like to borrow an item that is currently checked out:

  • Click on the Request Hold button in the catalogue record and fill out your preferred pick-up location and the date to cancel your request if if the library is not able to fulfill it. 
  • The current borrower will receive a recall notice to return the item within 7 days.
  • You will receive an email when the item is available. Pick it up from the check-out desk before the date in your notification email, otherwise it will go to the next person who has also placed a hold on that item or back on the shelf. 
  • Items that you have signed out may be requested by another user. If this happens, a recall notice will be sent to your Usask email address asking that you return the items within 7 days. There will be a new due date assigned to the items included in the email.
  • If you keep any item past its newly assigned due date, late fines will accrue at the rate of $2/day per item.
  • If you are going out of town, please ensure that you have a plan to return an item by its newly assigned due date in the event that it is requested by another user. Returning requested items to the library by their due dates is your responsibility.
  • Most library items can be returned to any library location. There are after-hours book drops at all locations. 
  • Reserve items must be returned to the same location they are borrowed from. 

The University Library has eliminated late fines for most library items. You are still expected to return items on time so we can make sure everyone has access to the resources they need. There are a few types of materials that will result in fines if they are returned late: 

  • Laptops - Laptops borrowed from any library location accrue late fines at the rate of $10 per hour and $1 per hour for each accessory (e.g. If you borrow a laptop and a mouse, late fees will be $11 per hour). A laptop not returned within 12 hours of the due time is considered lost and a bill for replacement will be processed. 
  • Recalled items - If an item is recalled by another library user, a new due date appears on your emailed recall notice and in your library account. Items returned after this new date will accrue late fines at a rate of $2 per day up to a maximum of $50 per item. 
  • Reserves - Late reserve items will accrue fines at a rate of $2 per hour up to a maximum of $100 per item. Reserve items must be returned to the same location they were borrowed from. 
  • Interlibrary Loans - Late ILL items accrue fines at a rate of $5 per day up to a maximum of $100 per item. 
  • Lost, Damaged, or Missing Items - If you lose or damage library materials you are responsible for the cost of replacing the item. If the lost item has been recalled by another borrower and has accrued late fines you will be responsible for these late fines as well. Report lost or damaged items right away to avoid additional late fines. 

*If you have more than $30 of library fines in your account your borrowing privileges are automatically suspended and you will not be able to register for classes, graduate, or receive marks and transcripts. 

  • You can pay your library fines in person at any of our six library locations
    • Fines can be paid with cash, debit, VISA, MasterCard, cheque, or money order (made out to the University of Saskatchewan). 
  • You can also pay fines by phone using VISA or MasterCard. Call any library location for assistance. 

If you have questions about your library fines, ask to speak to a supervisor at the check-out desk in any of our six library locations.