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Borrowing Materials

You may borrow a variety of materials from the library. The table below outlines the term of your loan and the types of materials available to you, based on your borrower types.

 Item type Loan period Number of renewals Overdue fines
Circulating books Staff: 1 semester
Distance students: 4 weeks
All others: 3 Weeks
Staff: 1
Students: 4
All others: 2
3-day loan DVDs TAL, alumni: N/A
All others: 3 days
Students: 4
TAL, alumni: N/A
All others: 2
Board games TAL, alumni: N/A
All others: 3 days
TAL, alumni: N/A
All others: 1
Circulating periodicals 1 week All users: N/A $0.50/day
Course textbooks (CTC) 2 hours All users:  library's discretion (based on demand) $0.50/hour
Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kits Students and staff: 1 week
All others: N/A
Students and staff: 1
All others: N/A
Media devices 4 hours All users: 1 $0.50/hour
Media kits Students: Full day (return before close)
All others: N/A
All users: N/A $5.00/hour
Instructional videos Staff: up to 1 week
All others: in-library use only
Staff: library's discretion (based on demand)
All others: N/A
Reference In-library use only N/A N/A
Reserves TAL, alumni: N/A
All others: varies (1 hour to 1 week)
TAL, alumni: N/A
All others: library's discretion (based on demand)

Semester-long loans to staff and faculty may be recalled after 3 weeks. Also, no item will be loaned out past the expiry date of your library privileges.

Multi-part sets (such as board games and media kits) must be complete when returned. Students must sign a loan agreement annually to borrow media kits.

The maximum number of items you may have signed out at one time is limited by your borrower type:

  • Full-time students, staff and faculty: 25 items
  • Apprentices, part-time students, TAL and alumni: 10 items

You may return material to the Information Desk or use the drop slot inside the Stan Grad Centre's south-east doors.


Renewing a book, or other material, allows you to keep a borrowed materials for an additional loan period. Borrowers may not renew library materials if:

  • Borrowing privileges have been suspended due to outstanding fines, overdue material or other charges.
  • Another person has requested (placed a hold on) that item.
  • The renewal exceeds that item's renewal limit.

Circulating books and 3-day loan DVDs that have reached their renewal limit must be returned to the library. After 1 week, if no one else has taken the item, it may be borrowed again.

You can renew materials by contacting us or via My Library Account.


The holds system allows users with an active library account to request an item be held for pick-up at our Information Desk. Look for the "Place a Hold" link in your search results. Holds may be placed on circulating, 3-week-loan books and 3-day DVDs.

You will be notified by email when your item is ready to be picked up. For students, staff and faculty this notice will go to your SAIT email address. For all other users it will be delivered to the email address we have on file. You have 7 days, from the day the notice is sent to you, to pick up your item.

Returning materials late 

All users with fines in excess of $10.00 will have their borrowing privileges suspended. 

Students with outstanding fines or other charges will have holds placed on their accounts with the Office of the Registrar, preventing registration and the release of diplomas or transcripts. Delinquent accounts for all users may be referred to a collection agency.

You should pay fines and other library charges at the Information Desk. We accept cash, credit card and debit card. Credit card payments can be paid over the phone.

Lost materials

If you lose something borrowed from the library, notify us as soon as possible. The charge for a lost item is: overdue fines + replacement cost + $10 (maximum) handling fee.

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