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Borrowing from our physical collections

Loan limits and types

General loans

Borrower No. of items Loan length No. of renewals
Deakin undergraduates, Deakin College students and DUELI students 50 30 days 12
Deakin staff, postgraduate students and PhD students 100 30 days 12
Community members including CAVAL, ULANZ and Alumni 10 30 days 2
GIFT City studentsn/a n/a n/a

E-books do not count towards your borrowing and holds.

Short term loans

Some items are only available as a 2 hour loan,  because they are:

  • in high demand by a lot of students (especially prescribed and recommended texts)
  • very expensive
  • no longer printed.

Automatic renewals

All loans (except 2 hour loans) automatically renew two days before the due date unless:

  • the item is requested by another user
  • you have reached the maximum number of renewals.

How to borrow

Once you have found your book, you can borrow it by:

  • using a self-checkout machine
  • using the Deakin Borrow app on your smartphone
  • visiting the Service Desk.

How to place a request

If your item is not at your campus, or is currently out on loan, you can place a request by:

  1. Clicking on the 'Request it' button in Library Search.
  2. Using the dropdown menu to choose how to receive your request:
    • 'Click and collect' at your preferred campus, or
    • 'Click and send' for postal delivery

Request to collect at your preferred campus

We'll email you when your item is available on the click and collect shelf at your preferred campus.

Request a postal delivery

We can mail books to all domestic students and staff for free. If you are a student living overseas, contact us for help sourcing the items you need.

Note: 2 hour loans cannot be delivered because of the time needed to deliver items.

You will receive an prepaid, self-addressed postal bag to return your books. Please allow 4 business days for return delivery to us.

How to return books

Return your book to any of our campus libraries:

  • at the Service Desk
  • through the return chute (near the Service Desk or near the entrances to libraries/campuses)
  • via the prepaid postal bag (supplied with your delivery)

Make sure you return your item on time. This helps to avoid problems with your library account, and allows other users to access our resources.

Additional help

Contact us

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