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Borrowing Materials

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

Materials available to all borrowers

Item type Loan period Number of renewals Overdue fines
Main collection* 3 weeks 4 $1.00/day
Media devices 4 hours 1 $0.50/hour
Reference In-library use - exceptions at library's discretion At library's discretion $0.50/hour
Reserves Varies (2 hours, 1 day, 3 days) 1 $0.50/hour

*Main collection includes the following: Business Display, Display, English Language Foundations Collection, Fiction Collections, Level 0, Magazine Collection and Oversize Collection

Materials available to current SAIT staff and students

  Item type Loan period Number of renewals Overdue fines
Course Text Collection (CTC) 4 hours no renewals $0.50/hour
Games 3 days 1 $1.00/day
Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kits 3 days 1 $5.00/hour
Video Collection Home Use 3 days 2 $1.00/day
Video Collection Instructional Use Students: 4 hours
Staff: book in advance
Students: 1
Staff: on request

Materials available to current SAIT students

Item type Loan period Number of renewals Overdue fines
Laptop kits 3 days 1 $5.00/hour
Media kits and 4-hour laptops 4 hours 1 $5.00/hour

The loan period will be shortened if it would extend past your library privileges expiry date.

Multi-part sets (such as games and media kits) must be complete when returned.

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

  • SAIT students and staff: 20 items
  • Alumni, SAIT's Alive, and TAL: 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 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 that item.
  • The renewal would exceed that item type's number of renewals.

Items that have reached their renewal limit must be returned to the library. After the embargo period (7 days for main collection, 1 day for all other items), 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 request system allows users with an active library account to request an item be held for pick-up at our Information Desk. Look for the "Request" link under "Get It" in the item record. Requests may be placed on main collection items.

You will be notified by email when your item is ready to be picked up. For current SAIT students and staff 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 can pay fines and other library charges at the Information Desk. We accept cash, credit card and debit card. Credit card payments can be made over the phone.

Lost materials

If you lose an item 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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