External Borrower

Use of Library & IT Services is free for all York St John University staff and students.

The Library is part of Information Learning & Estates and is located within Fountains, found at the Clarence Street entrance to campus. The Library holds over 230,000 print books, 430,000 electronic books and provides access to over 54,000 print and electronic periodical titles. There is also access to a wide range of other print and electronic information resources. A variety of study spaces in open and silent study areas are available. Staff can help you at the Service Desk on the Ground Floor, and roving staff are on hand throughout the building to offer assistance. Our Ground Floor is also open 24 hours throughout the year.

For further information about our services you can follow us on Twitter at @YSJ_ILE.

Library Membership

The Library is freely open to all for reference purposes between 8.00am and 6.30pm. From 6.30pm to 8.00am, users will be required to present student, staff or external borrower ID cards on entering the building.

Library membership is available to members of the public over 18 years of age and to graduates of the University (alumni). Please see below for fees and charges.

Membership Benefits

Category Time Period Price Per Time Period IT Access
Alumni* 12 Months FREE Thirty 24hr logins
Members of the Public 12 Months £30 Thirty 24hr logins 

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

What is my book allocation?

You are allowed up to five items (28-day or 7-day loan) at any one time. 

Please use the various Self Service machines found throughout the Library to borrow and return all books and other items (except video cassettes and some other materials), using your Library card.

Please take care to note the due date of return, as this may be shorter or longer than the usual 28-day loan periods before and during University vacations.

A self-issue machine on the ground floor of Fountains Learning Centre

How do I apply?

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

Using the library

1. Opening Hours

Please remember to carry your York St John Borrowers ID card at all times, as you may be asked to present it to staff, especially during evenings and weekends.

The Ground Floor of the Library is open 24hrs throughout the year. For other floors, opening times can vary, so please visit our Opening Times page for specific times if you are planning to visit us during vacation.

2. Photocopying

You will be unable to photocopy any items yourself, so please ask a member of staff. We can copy limited amounts of material subject to copyright law and completion of a copyright declaration form. Prices for photocopying are as follows (please note that the prices below are per sheet, not per side):

Type Single-sided Double-sided
A4 Black and White 4p 6p
A4 Colour 15p 22p
A3 Black and White 10p 15p
A3 Colour 30p 45p

3. Renewing and placing reservations

If you wish to place a reservation on an item, you will need to locate the item on our library catalogue and click on the ‘reserve item’ option. 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.

Please note: 

You will only be able to place reservations on 28 day items where all copies are out on loan. We will notify you by e-mail when it becomes available and it will be held in the self-service holds area on the ground floor of the Library for 7 days.

You can renew each item up to 15 times, providing your fines do not exceed £10 and the item does not have any reservations. You can renew your items by any of the following methods:

Online: www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/renew 
Telephoning: 01904 876696
Visiting our self-service points on the Ground Floor of the Library (Library PIN needed)

4. Fines

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 for 28 day loans are charged at 10p per day. E-mails are sent out before due dates are reached to remind you when items are due for return. If you do not use e-mail, notices to remind you of overdue items will not be sent until they are 14 days overdue.

If you need to pay your fines you can do this online at www.yorksj.ac.uk/ils/Catalogue/charges. Alternatively, you can visit us at the Service Desk, or call us on 01904 876696.

5. Enquiry service and information skills

An enquiry service is operated from the Service Desk on the Ground Floor for advice on services, finding information, queries and using databases. Roving staff are also on hand throughout the building to offer assistance.

6. Access to electronic resources

A wide range of electronic resources are available through the Library website such as e-books, e-journals and databases. Where license terms permit, external users registered for borrowing access may use the University’s network on a guest basis for limited use of these resources, and the Internet more generally, on the following terms:

A logon must be obtained from the Service Desk; access is limited to using non-restricted electronic resources and the Internet. There is no access to network storage or printing facilities.

Please note: we can only offer access to electronic resources on campus

7. How we will contact you

We will contact you via e-mail with any updates or reminders.

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