Applies to all current U of S students, faculty and staff:

  • Your U of S ID card is your library card. If your card is lost or stolen, report it right away.
  • You can borrow from any of our 7 library locations
  • You have full access to electronic resources (e-books, articles, journals, and databases), items on reserve, and the interlibrary loans service.
  • You can borrow up to 150 items at a time. 
  • When you recall an item, we will hold it for 7 days after it is returned by the current borrower. If you do not pick it up it will go to the next person in the queue or back onto the shelf. 

All library notices (return date reminders, recall notices, hold notifications, etc.) are sent to your official U of S email address. It is important to keep your contact information up to date in My Profile  so you will receive these important notices. 

The U of S email policy applies to all library borrowers: 

"It is the account holder's responsibility to ensure that e-mail received at his/her official University address is attended to in a timely manner. The account holder may forward the e-mail to be read at another account but the University assumes no responsibility for delivery to an off-campus account."

Check your library account for due dates, renewals, fines, holds, and your personal access to ILL, extended loans, and electronic resources.

Loan Periods

Books & Other Physical Items

  • Books - most books can be borrowed for 30 days. You are guaranteed a 7 day loan, after which time the book can be recalled by another borrower. You can renew your books up to two times as long as there are no other recalls on the title. 
  • Print Journals - current issues of print journals have a 3 day loan term because they are in higher demand. Older issues have the same loan period as books. 
  • Extended Loans - grad students, faculty, and staff receive an extended loan term on library items that normally circulate for 30 days (typically until Sept 30th). Extended loans may still be recalled after 7 days and can be renewed twice. 
  • Reserves - items on reserve have a much shorter loan period than other library items. The loan period ranges from 2 hours to 7 days. Items on reserve for a class can still be borrowed by all current U of S students, staff, and faculty but all borrowers are held to the same loan period for reserve items. Reserve items are not available for extended loans and cannot be renewed. See the reserves page for more information.
  • Interlibrary Loans (ILL) - most ILL materials can be borrowed for 3 weeks. Loan periods are determined by the lending library so some items may differ. While renewals are not allowed on ILL items, you can request a loan extension. Contact your ILL team for assistance before the item's due date. See the interlibrary loans page for more information.

What is a recall?

A recall occurs when someone requests a book you currently have out from the library. You will receive an email notification with a new return date (one week from the day it was recalled).

If you still need the book, you will not be able to renew it but you can recall it yourself. Make sure to return recalled items on time to avoid late fines

If you recall a book, the person who has it out must return it within a week. 

Library Fines

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: 

  • 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 $1 per hour up to a maximum of $50 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 $2 per day up to a maximum of $50 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. 

Pay Library Fines

Once you have accrued $30 in library fines your borrowing privileges are automatically suspended.

If you have any outstanding library fines you will not be able to register for classes, graduate, receive marks and transcripts, or borrow more items. Unpaid accounts may be referred to a collection agency. 

You can pay library fines in person or by phone (credit card only) at any library location on campus. We accept cash, cheque, debit, Visa, MasterCard, and money orders (made payable to the University of Saskatchewan). 

You can view your current fine status in your library account