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Find quick answers to common questions and tips for using the Library more effectively and efficiently

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Frequently Asked Questions



Q. My books/items are overdue. Will I collect fines?

Items in our general circulating collection will not accumulate fines for students/staff/faculty unless requested by another patron. If this happens, you will receive a recall notice and will have to return the item by the due date or it will start to accumulate fines.

Most other items, including high demand items such as textbooks, laptops, phone chargers, etc. will start to accumulate fines if not returned on time.

Visit our Borrowing Materials policy for more details.


Q. How do I print at the Library?

You need to add money to your SAIT eCard to print in the Library. You can print using any of our computers or by adding our printers to your own laptop.

Check our Technical Help page for tip sheets on printing.


Q. Can I eat and drink in the Library?

Eating and drinking is permitted in the Library. Drinks should be in sealable containers and food should not impact others' use of the Library. 


Q. I'm not a SAIT student or faculty/staff member. Can I use the Library?

We have resumed borrowing for community members with a The Alberta Library (TAL) card. Due to circumstances outside our control, we no longer accept Alumni Cards. If you are a SAIT alumni, you can pick up a TAL card at any participating library.


Q. How long can I loan out items from the Library?

Items from our general circulating collection are 4 week loans. Current SAIT students and staff are eligible for up to three renewals and all other patrons are eligible for one renewal (provided there is no hold on the item). The loan period varies on other items such as laptops, textbooks, phone chargers, etc.

Items may be recalled by another patron after you've had it for 2 weeks. If this happens, you'll receive an automated email from our system advising you of the new return date for the recalled item.

Visit our Policies page for more details.


Q. I need to withdraw from my program. How can I get the form signed by the Library?

Please visit the desk to get your withdrawal form signed. You can also email your withdrawal form to and we'll get back to you during operating hours.


Q. Can the Library get me this book/article?

Check the Library Search for your item to make sure it's not already in our holdings. If it's not, you can either request items from other libraries or suggest a title to purchase. The Library cannot guarantee access to all items due to availability, publisher restrictions, etc.


Q. Can I buy my textbooks at the Library?

No - the Library does not sell textbooks. You can buy textbooks at the SAIT Bookstore.

The Library aims to obtain copies of all required textbooks at SAIT to make them available for short term loan.  Check our compiled list of textbooks for each semester to see what's available. You can also search the collection for individual textbooks.


Q. Does the Library offer any other support services?

We recommend checking out our partners in the Lamb Learner Success Centreand in Student Development and Counselling.


Q. I need a Library PIN. How do I get one?

The Library PIN has been discontinued - you can access library resources by using your mySAIT username and password. If information about Library PIN is in a course, please forward details to or connect with your library liaison.


Q. I am a Distance Student - what services does the Library provide?

The Library will mail books for free with an included return slip to students living outside the Calgary area. Many of our resources are available online. All students can book appointments with their liaison for research and citation support.

Visit our Online Learning Resources page for more details.

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