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.

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

Member type Loan period Number of items High demand items
UWA undergraduate students Semester Unlimited 2
UWA staff and postgraduates Semester Unlimited 2
Community and affiliate members Semester Unlimited No
Reciprocal members 6 weeks 30 No

Fines accrue for items that are not returned by the due date, and are waived once items are returned. Fines accrue year to year and need to be paid if you owe more than $24. If you accumulate $24 or more in fines, your account will be suspended from borrowing until you pay the amount owing in full and your debt will be recorded as an Administrative Encumbrance on your student record, which will prevent access to examination results, transcripts, graduation and re-enrolment. It can take 24 hours for the Administrative Encumbrance to be removed from your student record after payment is made.

Damaged items will be invoiced for costs of repair or replacement. If you are certain you have returned or never borrowed an item that is still on loan under your name, contact the Library.

In certain circumstances we will accept a replacement for a billed item in lieu of payment. If an item is paid for and subsequently returned, contact the Library to obtain a refund. This does not include High Demand fines or overdue fines on requested items.

 loan type fines

High Demand collection

$3 per item per hour overdue or part thereof to a maximum of $60 per item). For example, a High Demand item due at 2pm will be fined $3 if returned or renewed at 2.30pm.

Items requested by another user

$3 per item per overdue day (to a maximum of $60 per item)

All other books, audio-visual material and locker keys

$99 if overdue by 31 days

Postgrad study area keys

$50 if overdue by 31 days

Locker swipe cards

$25 if overdue by 31 days

Paying fines

Following payment, your borrowing privileges will be restored immediately. There are several ways you can arrange payment.

payment type details

Available only to Pheme account holders who are paying with Visa or MasterCard.

Sign into My Library Account and select Fines + Fees.

Pay in person or by phone

You can pay in person by EFTPOS by visiting or calling the following libraries up to 15 minutes before closing time:

Barry J Marshall Library (+61 8) 6488 2325
Reid Library (+61 8) 6488 2342
J Robin Warren Library (+61 8) 6457 7570

We accept debit cards, Visa, MasterCard and cheque but not cash.

By mail

Post your cheque made payable to 'The University of Western Australia' to:

Reid Library
University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Perth WA 6009

Please indicate that the payment is for a library fine. A receipt will be sent to you.

Trouble paying a fine

If you are having trouble paying a fine or wish to dispute a fine, contact us via email. Provide full details of the reason(s) you believe you should not have to pay the fine.

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