Borrowing information


Borrowing conditions

CategoryMembershipMaximum items (including 2 short loans)Loan periodMaximum holdsRenewals
01General staff3028 days10 (including 10 BONUS+ holds)2
02Academics and visiting lecturers/researchersunlimited1 sessionunlimited (including 10 BONUS+ holds)1
03Doctoralunlimited1 sessionunlimited (including 10 BONUS+ holds)1
04Masters by Researchunlimited1 sessionunlimited (including 10 BONUS+ holds)1
05Masters by Coursework3028 days10 (including 10 BONUS+ holds)2
06Master of Studies3028 days10 (including 10 BONUS+ holds)2
07Graduate Diploma3028 days10 (including 5 BONUS+ holds)2
08Honours3028 days10 (including 5 BONUS+ holds)2
09Undergraduate3028 days10 (including 5 BONUS+ holds)2
10Diploma of Education3028 days10 (including 5 BONUS+ holds)2
11Diploma3028 days10 (including 5 BONUS+ holds)2
12Non-degree (inclu. UOW College)3028 days10 (including 5 BONUS+ holds)2
14Guests30 (no access to Short Loans)28 daysNo holds2
16UOW alumni30 (no access to Short Loans)28 days102
19ULANZ30 (no access to Short Loans)28 daysNo holds2

Returning items

  • Main Library - during opening hours: return items through the returns chute in the Library's entry foyer.
  • Main Library - after hours: return items through the after hours chute at the back of the Library. To avoid late fees, return items during opening hours on the due date.
  • CRC items - return to the CRC. To avoid late fees, return items during opening hours on the due date.
  • Libraries at other locations: return to the library from which items were borrowed.
    • Shoalhaven – for staff and students living in the Shoalhaven area, items borrowed in person from the Main Library may be returned to the Shoalhaven Campus Library.
    • Sydney Business School, Sydney Campus – for staff and students based at the Sydney Campus, items borrowed in person from the Main Library may be returned to the Sydney Business School Library.
  • By post: mail items to Client Services, University of Wollongong Library, Locked Bag No 8813, Wollongong, NSW 2500.

Avoiding late fines

  • To avoid late fees, items must be returned during opening hours on the due date.

Late returns / lost or damaged items

  • Fines apply for overdue returns and lost or damaged items:
    • $1 per day per item
    • Laptops: $10 per hour or part hour for laptops
    • Short Loans items: $3 for the first hour or part hour and $1 for every additional hour or part hour.
    • Minimum replacement charge for lost/damaged items: $125 per item.
    • Replacement charge for lost/damaged laptop computers: $1,500 per computer.
  • Your borrowing privileges will be suspended if you have reached the fine limit of $60 ($10 for visitors).

Paying Library fines and fees

  • To check for any fines you owe, view your borrowing record.
  • Paying by EFTPOS/credit card: pay at the Short Loans service desk (EFTPOS/credit cards only), or call 02 4221 3545.
  • Paying by cash: pay at the Campus Post Office

Library notices by email

  • UOW staff and students - Library notices are sent to your UOW email account.
  • Alumni, community and visitor members - notices are sent to your nominated email account.
  • It is your responsibility to check your email regularly for Library notices.

Renewing items

  • An item can be renewed if ...
    • it has not already been renewed twice. Session loans can only be renewed once.
    • it has not been placed on hold by another borrower.
    • it is not in a restricted collection.
  • You can renew items online, or via the phone (02 4221 3545), or in person.

Placing holds

  • Holds cannot be placed on items out on loan when there are copies available for loan in the Library.
  • To place a hold: locate the Catalogue record for the item. Select "Hold" from the menu at the top of the page and follow the prompts.
  • You will be notified by email when the item is available. Please collect items from Short Loans within 7 days.

Recalls of items

  • An item on loan may be recalled if a hold is placed by another borrower, or if it has been selected for inclusion in the Short Loans Collection.
  • If you receive a recall notice email, it will indicate a NEW due date. Avoid late fines by returning the item during opening hours on the new due date.
  • $2 per day applies to each overdue recalled item.

Content by: Client Services Team

Last reviewed: 14 February, 2014

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