External Borrower

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

Library & Learning Services 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. The Library is also open 24 hours throughout the year.

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

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 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 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 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.

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.

Whilst the Library is open 24/7 throughout the year, staffed hours can vary – if you know you'd like to speak to a member of staff, please consult our Opening Times page to plan your visit accordingly.

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 eligible items where all copies are out on loan. Should you place a reservation, we will notify you by email when this item becomes available, and it will be held in the self-service reservations area on the Ground Floor of the Library for 7 days. If you don't collect your reserved item after this time, your reservation will lapse.

All items that you check out are loanable for an initial two weeks. Each item will then automatically renew for a further 7 days at time, until either another user places a reservation on it, or until the item reaches 15 renewals – in both instances, you will be notified by email that the item must be returned, so please check your inbox to avoid fines.

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 are charged at £1.00 per day. 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.

5. Enquiry service

An enquiry service is operated from the Service Desk on the Ground Floor of Fountains for basic advice on our services, finding items on the shelves and other queries relating to the building. Roving staff are also on hand throughout the building to offer assistance as required.

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 email with any updates or reminders.

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