Deakin University Library

Deakin University Library

Borrow from other libraries

Your options

  • Deakin University Library catalogue - we have over 1.38 million books, 220,000 e-books and 93,000 e-journals. You can submit an Intercampus copy request form for journal articles, chapters and papers that our Library holds in print format
  • Google - it's amazing what you can find for free online!
  • BONUS+ - 13 libraries in Australia and New Zealand share their books. You can request books from these libraries direct
  • Trove - contains over 100 million Australian and online resources
  • CAVAL - staff and students can borrow in person from other Victorian academic libraries
  • University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) - staff and students can borrow in person from other Australian and New Zealand university libraries.

No luck? Submit an Interlibrary Loan request.



BONUS+ allows our staff and students (including DeakinPrime) to borrow from 12 other major university libraries in Australia and New Zealand. BONUS+ is not available to overseas off-campus students or non-award students

  • You have access to over 6 million books located in the BONUS+ libraries and requesting is as seamless and easy as requesting Deakin owned items
  • So if we don't hold a title you're looking for, or the item is out on loan search the BONUS+ catalogue (for books only) and items are delivered to your preferred pick-up location within a week
  • Staff and post-graduate students may have 10 BONUS+ requests/loans at any one time
  • Undergraduates may have five BONUS+ requests/loans at any one time
  • BONUS+ loans are for 21 days with one renewal allowed
  • Ask our Library staff more about BONUS+.

Interlibrary Loan

If you are a current Deakin University staff member or student we can locate items not held by the Library for you.

N.B. We have redesigned our request form for easier requesting, with Deakin authentication and multiple request function on one simple form.

Request an interlibrary loan

The Interlibrary Loan service must comply with various agreements, rules and regulations that govern our relationships with other libraries, businesses, and governments both in Australia and internationally.

  • Please note these Interlibrary Loan guidelines which outline your use of the service and how our Library will meet your request for an item that we don't own.

Contact Interlibrary Loan staff

9 am-5 pm (EST) Monday-Friday
+61 3 5227 1203
+61 3 5227 2000

Postal address

Interlibrary Loan service
Deakin University Library
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Locked Bag 20000
Geelong Vic. 3220

Internal mail

Interlibrary Loan service
Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Collecting and renewing your Interlibrary Loan

Students: loans can either be collected at a nominated campus library from the holdshelf or mailed to the address on your library record. Please indicate your preference to Library staff.

Staff: loans are sent via the internal mail to your pigeon-hole within your faculty/school unless you would prefer to pick them up in person.

Note: Copies emailed to you do not need to be returned.

Renewing your Interlibrary Loan

  • To renew a loan, please contact Interlibrary Loan staff as we need to confirm with the lending library that a renewal is possible
  • Conditions of use and loan periods are set by the lending library and must be observed
  • The yellow Deakin University Library Interlibrary Loan straps must be returned with its corresponding item as it has a unique barcode required to update your library record.

Borrowing theses

Most university libraries do not lend their theses, though we will make a request.

  • To obtain a thesis, a scanned digital copy will often have to be purchased and added to our Library collection
  • We recommend that you search our databases before submitting an Interlibrary Loan request. The databases often provide full text and extended abstracts of many theses from around the world.

Information for other libraries

We will lend material from our collections to libraries in Australia and overseas under the terms of The Australian Interlibrary Resource Sharing (ILRS) Code.

We offer 8 week loans, with no renewals.

Borrowing our theses may be subject to additional conditions. We do not lend our theses to overseas libraries, however, purchasing may be possible.

Material generally not available for loan includes:

  • whole journal issues
  • special collections
  • recently published books
  • reference material
  • reading list material
  • audio-visual items.

Requesting libraries can pay by: Libraries Australia Payments Scheme, cheque, IFLA vouchers or credit card.

Australian libraries

We supply loans and copies of material in accordance with the Copyright Act (1968) and its amendments. Charges are in line with the ILRS service-level standards.

NB. If you need a Rush or an Express request please contact us first to ensure we can supply your loan or copy.

New Zealand Libraries

The standard fee for loans or copy requests up to 50 pages is A$15.00 (per item, GST exempt) including postage.

International Libraries

The standard fee for loans is A$45.00 (or 4 IFLA vouchers), copy requests up to 50 pages A$25.00 (per item) or 1 IFLA voucher per 15 pages.

Please contact our Interlibrary Loan staff at if you have any further queries.


CAVAL membership allows our staff and students (including DeakinPrime) to borrow from other Victorian academic libraries in person.

  • Membership is free and we will supply a CAVAL card to you on request
  • The CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program website lists member libraries that may be conveniently located for you and provides FAQs about the program
  • Our Library staff can also assist with CAVAL queries.



University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) membership allows our staff and students (including DeakinPrime) to borrow from participating academic libraries in person.


If you are living overseas, our Library can supply a letter of introduction to international libraries.

  • You should take your Deakin University student or staff card when enquiring about borrowing
  • Although our Library can provide an introduction, it is up to the international library to decide if they are willing to offer you access to their collections.


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