Getting items from other libraries

If you are unable to locate an item in our Library, you may be able to find it in another academic library in Australia.

Once you have found the item at another library, you have two options for accessing it.

Option 1: Request it from the Document Delivery Service

You can use our Document Delivery Services to:

  • search our catalogue and other library catalogues simultaneously
  • request items and check the progress of your requests
  • receive electronic copies of documents

Option 2: Pick it up yourself

From a Victorian academic library

Our Library belongs to the Cooperative Action by Victorian Academic Libraries (CAVAL) Reciprocal Borrowing Program. It allows RMIT students and staff to borrow material from other participating Victorian academic libraries. Find out more at CAVAL FAQs.

Who may borrow? Check if you are eligible to get a CAVAL card.

Where can I borrow? You may borrow from any participating Victorian university library. Loans can only be made in person from the library where you register.

How do I apply? Apply at a service desk of your campus Library. You must bring your student/staff card.

From an academic library outside Victoria

The University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) is a cooperative arrangement between Australian universities that allows staff and students to borrow in person from any other university in Australia.

Who may borrow? All students and staff from participating universities are eligible to register with any university library that participates in the scheme. Membership is personal and not transferable.

Where can I borrow? You may borrow from any participating university library outside the CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing Program. Loans can only be made in person from the library where you register.

How do I apply? In person at the library you wish to borrow from, unless the library has an online registration scheme. You will need a photo ID and a proof of current enrolment.

Membership

Membership is for the current calendar year only, regardless when you join throughout the year. Proof of continued enrolment or employment will be required to renew your registration each year.

Returns

You must return items to the library you borrowed from. Penalties and fines for late returns are at the discretion of the lending library. These will be set out in the membership brochure available at the lending library.

Overdue items

Your borrowing rights at our Library will be suspended and you may not be able to re-enroll, receive results or graduate until your record is cleared.