Borrow from other libraries

Changes due to COVID-19

Please note that the information on this page may not reflect the current circumstances in the library due to the ongoing pandemic. Please read our blog Changes to your library during the COVID-19 response for the latest information.

Who you can borrow from

Depending on your membership type, you may be able to borrow from other libraries - through us.

BorrowerBONUS+CAVALULANZ Interlibrary loan
Campus students and staff (including DeakinCo) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Online students* - residing in Australia Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deakin College Yes No No No
DUELI students Yes No No No
Non-award students Yes No No Yes
Community, secondary school student and overseas members. Deakin alumni, and OUA No No No No

*Our borrow from other library services are not available if you live outside of Australia. You may be able to borrow from international libraries.


Bonus+ allows staff and students (including DeakinCo) to request books from other university libraries and borrow them from a Deakin library.

  • Search BONUS+ or select the BONUS+ button button from your Library Search results.
  • Staff and postgraduate students may have 10 BONUS+ requests/loans at any one time.
  • Undergraduates may have five BONUS+ requests/loans at any one time.
  • The loan period is 21 days. Items are automatically renewed two times providing no other user has requested it.


The CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program allows our staff and students (including DeakinCo) to borrow in person from participating Victorian academic libraries.

Visit individual library websites to check their borrowing terms and find out what you can access.

To obtain or renew your CAVAL card:

  • Take your DeakinCard, photo ID and proof of your Australian address to the service desk of a participating library.
  • Alternatively, visit one of our Service Desks and sign up for your card.

Your CAVAL membership will expire on 28 February though you can re-register.

If you have unpaid fines with another institution your ability to borrow may be blocked with them, and with us.


ULANZ membership allows our staff and students (including DeakinCo) to borrow from participating academic libraries in person.

  • Go directly to the host library to register. Take proof of your current enrolment/employment at Deakin University.


NLA's Trove contains over 100 million online resources relating to Australia, including newspapers, images, articles and other documents.

International libraries

If you are living overseas, we can supply a letter of introduction for your local library.

  • Take the letter and your Deakin University card to ask about borrowing.
  • It is up to the international library to decide if they can grant you access.
  • For further information contact

Interlibrary loan

Deakin staff and students can request us to obtain items such as books, articles and other documents, that we don't have in our collection or in BONUS+ libraries.

If you want articles and other documents that we don't have, we will try to find another library or supplier who does, and can send us a scanned copy. Place a request for a scanned copy using our request form.

If you want another item such as a book, theses, standard, or patent, that we don't have in our collection, we will try and purchase it to add to our collection. If we can't purchase it, we'll try to borrow a copy from another library. Place a request for a book or other item using our request form.

There is no fee or limit to the number of items you can request, but only items used for teaching or research purposes will be requested. We aim to obtain items within a couple of days, but may depend on the availability and location of the item you are requesting.

When you submit a request you're making a legal declaration to abide by the conditions of the Copyright Act 1968 (Commonwealth).

Request, return and renew

  • Submit an Interlibrary loan request
  • The return date will appear on the yellow interlibrary loan strap that wraps your book. Make sure you return the item and yellow strap together by the due date.
  • To renew a loan, please contact interlibrary loan staff.

Conditions of use and loan periods are set by the lending library, some items are not able to be renewed.


Loan items requested by staff and cloud students will be sent via mail. Campus students will pick-up items at their campus library.

All requests for articles, conference papers and book chapters will be supplied as copies via email.

Overseas students can only request photocopies.

Borrowing theses

Most university libraries do not loan their theses but we can put in a request on your behalf. If a copy has to be made it can take 6-8 weeks, depending on the thesis format. Once you receive the copy, it is yours to keep.

Contact interlibrary loan staff

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