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

We welcome members of the public who wish to have access to York St John library resources. The information below tells you how to apply and details the benefits of membership.

Applying for membership

You will need to visit us in person at the Information Services 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 £30 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.


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 Information Services desk in person, or call us on 01904 876696.

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