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Use of the Library is free for all York St John University staff and students.

Library services have changed in response to COVID-19. For current details on available services please visit the Changes to our services page.

Members of the general public can currently use our click and collect service. To be able to use this service, please contact us to join.

Access to study space within the Library is currently restricted to University students and staff, York College members and York St John alumni only.

Applying for membership

You will need to visit us in person at the Service Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.

Please make sure you bring the following:

  • Proof of identity (e.g. passport, driving licence)
  • Proof of address (e.g. utility bill)
  • Membership fee

Membership prices

Category Time Period Price Per Time Period IT Access
Alumni* 12 Months FREE Thirty 24hr logins
Members of the Public 12 Months £15 No IT access

*Please note that Alumni Library membership is distinct from membership of the University’s Alumni Society.

Using the library

You can borrow up to five items at any one time. All loanable and eligible items are available for an initial two-week period – see our borrowing details for further information.

Please take particular care to note an item's due date of return around University vacations and closure dates, as this may affect the usual loan period.

Click and Collect

If you wish to access an item please use our click and collect service. If you need any help using our catalogue, please speak to a member of the Library staff at the Service Desk on the Ground Floor of the Library.


Fines are payable for items returned late. You can continue to borrow if your fines remain below £10; however, fines of £10 or above will prevent borrowing. Fines are charged at £1.00 per day for books. Emails are sent out before due dates are reached to remind you when items are due for return.

You can pay fines online, visit the Service Desk in person, or call us on 01904 876696.

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