Borrow

Borrow resources from our collections


Students and staff are welcome to borrow books and other materials from the UWA libraries.

You will find information here on how to borrow, the High Demand collection, reciprocal borrowing from other university libraries, how to request resources, and how and when you should pay any fines you receive.

How to borrow

Take your Campus Card and the items you wish to borrow to the Information Desk or a self-check machine in any library. If an item you have on loan is requested by another patron, a new due date will be sent to your UWA email. Sign in to My Library Account to view your loans and due dates and to renew items. Loans can also be renewed at self-check machines or by contacting the Library.

Items can be returned to any UWA library, either in person at the library or through the after-hours return chutes. If you have an overdue item, your account will be suspended from borrowing until the item is returned.

Requesting items

If the item you want is on loan or held in offsite storage, you can search for the item in OneSearch and place a request. Sign in to OneSearch to see your request options. The Library offers additional requesting services for regional students, postgraduates and staff, such as digitisation on demand and delivery to your office or home. More information can be found on our Request and recommend page.

Request and recommend

High Demand collection

Each library has a High Demand collection where you can find essential print books and audiovisual material for UWA units. These items can be borrowed for three hours and renewed for a maximum of six hours. High Demand items can also be borrowed overnight. If you borrow after 5pm (Monday to Thursday) or after 2pm (Friday to Sunday), the items will automatically check out for an overnight loan; however, the items will be due on the following day before 9am (Monday to Friday) and before 10am (Saturday/Sunday).

High Demand collection items are not available for bookings or requests, and need to be returned to the High Demand returns area of the library from which they were borrowed using the self-check machine. Do not return High Demand collection items through the returns chutes during library opening hours, as delays in processing could mean you accrue fines. Online resources for your units can be found in Unit Readings.

Fines and payments     Unit readings

Resources in Albany

UWA students and staff can access the UWA collection held in the Albany Public Library; these items are listed in the Albany Public Library catalogue. You will need to join the Albany Public Library if you want to borrow items.

DVDs that are required for units offered in Albany are held in the Albany Centre.

Reciprocal borrowing

Students and staff from all universities in Australia and New Zealand can borrow resources from any university library under the University Libraries Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) national borrowing scheme. University of Auckland does not participate in ULANZ.

Apply in person at the library you wish to borrow from by providing proof of current enrolment or employment and your home university identity card. You can also apply online to borrow within Western Australian university libraries. Allow two working days for the library to process your registration. Note that membership is valid for the current academic year only.

Reciprocal borrowing

Alumni, visitors and community

UWA alumni, official UWA visitors and members of the public can join the University Library.

Alumni and visitors

Loan periods and fines

  Loan period number of items high demand items
 

UWA undergraduate students

Loan period

Semester

number of items

Unlimited

high demand items

2

 

UWA staff and postgraduates

Loan period

Semester

number of items

Unlimited

high demand items

2

 

Community and affiliate members

Loan period

Semester

number of items

Unlimited

high demand items

No

 

Reciprocal members

Loan period

6 weeks

number of items

30

high demand items

No

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