The persistent luminescence and thermoluminescence properties of SrAl 2O4: Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphors excited with UV-VIS light in the 200-500 nm region were investigated. The thermoluminescence glow curve was found to be composed of peaks around 70, 125 and 245 °C. The persistent luminescence and thermoluminescence excitation spectra exhibited a broad band around 300-500 nm centered at 400 and 420 nm respectively. A linear behavior of the integrated thermoluminescence intensity and persistent luminescence versus irradiation time was found for the first 60 s. The charge detrapping from the 70 °C trapping levels was the major contributor to the observed persistent luminescence at room temperature. The SrAl2O4: Eu2+, Dy3+ phosphors have suitable properties to be applied as storage and persistent luminescence UV-VIS irradiation dose phosphor. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.