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Library Regulations

We respectfully request that all users of our library follow our regulations.


  • Library staff will be on duty during open hours to help with inquiries.
  • Books, periodicals and broadside material should not be reshelved, but left on the table.
  • Coats, backpacks, briefcases, etc. are not allowed in the stacks area.
  • No smoking, eating or drinking in the library; no loud conversation or disturbances.
  • No scented products in the library.

Borrowing Books

  • To borrow materials, you must have a York University library card. However, our library welcomes community members who do not have a York University library card, to enjoy our diverse collections within our quiet reading spaces.
  • A maximum of three books may be borrowed for two weeks at a time.
  • Books may be renewed six times; each renewal is for two weeks.
  • Renewals are at the discretion of the library staff; if there is a hold on the book that has been renewed six times, it will not be renewed.
  • Books may be renewed anytime online or in person during library open hours or by phone at 416-736-5735
  • Books must be returned to the Nellie Langford Rowell Library, or via the book box at 204 Founders College; they must not be returned to the Scott Library.
  • Periodicals and broadside material may not be borrowed, but can be photocopied in the library; please ask the assistant on duty.


Overdue fines accumulate at the rate of $0.50 a day per book, to a maximum of $25 per book.

Library accounts are blocked from borrowing upon fines/charges accrual of $25. Lost books must be replaced, or a fine of $150 paid to the library ($25 administration fee; $125 replacement fee).

All fines and charges can be paid at any Scott circulation desk or online by checking your account in Omni.  

Printing & Photocopying Services

Services are available on a cash only basis at the rate of $0.10 per page ($0.10 per single-sided copy and $0.20 per double-sided copy). All charges must be paid before the document(s) will be released.