Skip to Main Content


Q. How many items can I borrow and for how long?

Answered By: Sharon Nangle
Last Updated: Aug 15, 2019     Views: 457

The number of items you can borrow depends on your status:

Undergraduates 25 items                            Postgraduates 40 items

Staff 50 items                                             Subscription readers 10 items

Admitted readers 6 items                          Students and staff from elsewhere 6.

Please note that audiovisual materials can only be borrowed by University of St Andrews' staff and students.

There are a range of loan types

4 week loan 

Undergraduates and External Members = 4 weeks loan with up to 4 automatic renewals

Staff and Postgraduates normal loan = 4 weeks loan with up to 20 automatic renewals

3 Day Loan 

3 days with up to 10 automatic renewals

Short loan (no recall/renewal)

These are high demand books which can only be borrowed by students and staff of the University of St Andrews.  These can be borrowed for 4 hours and overnight.  Short Loans cannot be renewed, you must return the item and re-issue it.  Fines are charges for overdue short loan books - 50p per hour or part of an hour.


If a 4 week loan item is recalled from you, the due date will change to 7-days for the date recalled, unless the due date is less than 7 days, when the due date won't change. You will be notified of the recall by e-mail, and recalled books cannot be renewed.  If a 3-day loan item is recalled you'll receive an email, and won't be able to renew it.  Fines are charged for the late return of recalled items, at £2 per day.