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Borrowing

University of Canberra (UC) students and staff are entitled to borrow from the Library on presentation of their current student/staff card at the Library Service Desk. 

Past UC staff and students may apply for Alumni membership.

Take items you wish to borrow to the Library Service Desk or use the Self-Check Loan units on Level B of the Library. You will need your current UC staff/student ID card to borrow. There is a limit of 50 items at a time, including a maximum of 2 × 3 hour loan items, 5 × 3 day loan items and 10 × 7 day loan items.

Undergraduate loan period is 21 days. For University staff, PhD, Masters by research and Honours students the loan period is 90 days. The 90 day loan period can be reduced to a minimum of 21 days if an item is requested by another borrower or for inclusion in the Short Loan Collection. An email is sent to the original borrower with the new due date of the item.

Items in the Short Loan Collection can be borrowed for 3 hours or 3 days. If a 3 hour item is borrowed within three hours of the Library's closing time, it may be kept overnight, but must be returned by opening time the following day.  3 hour items returned after an overnight loan should be placed in the After Hours Returns chutes outside the Library entrance or in the Returns chute at the Library Service Desk at opening time. To ensure equitable access to the high demand short loan items overdue fines apply for late return of these items.

Journals are not for loan unless otherwise indicated.

During opening hours, all items from the General Collection and the Short Loan Collection should be returned to the Returns chute located beside the Library Service Desk.

After hours, all items can be returned through the chute located on the exterior wall beside the glass door at the end of the Library entrance/exit foyer. This chute is only open when the Library is closed.

Please do not leave items in the Library Service Desk chute or on the Library Service Desk. Any items left there remain the borrower's responsibility until staff check them in after opening.

You can review your loans, requests/holds and renew items online from My Library.

You may renew all items, except 3 hour loans, unless they have been reserved by another borrower.

  • 3 day items can be renewed a maximum of 3 times.
  • 7 day items can be renewed a maximum of 7 times.

Items can be renewed online via your My Library Space, by phone (6201 2953) or in person at the Library Service Desk. Please note that overdue items can be renewed only at the Library Service Desk - not online.

Items that are on loan, other than 3 hour loan items, can be requested online from the Library catalogue. To request an item, select the "Request" icon at the top of the record and follow the instructions. If you wish to reserve an item that is on extended loan (longer than 21 days), you should place a hold in the normal way and then ask the Library Service Desk staff to send a recall notice to the borrower.

  • 3 day items that have been requested must be collected within 2 days.
  • 7 day items that have been requested must be collected within 4 days.

The Library sends all notices including renewal reminders, overdue items, monthly statements of charges, recalls, hold/request information and general correspondence to UC staff or student email accounts

It is essential that you know how to access your UC email account and that you check it regularly for library information. You can redirect your email to a different account through myUC.

Items which are not held by the Library may be borrowed for you from other libraries. Interlibrary Loans & Document Delivery obtains items from other libraries, both within Australia and overseas, that are not held in the University of Canberra Library. This service can be used when you are unable to locate materials through the UC Library catalogue or online resources via UCanFind.

This service is available to all current University of Canberra staff and students.