Books and other hard-copy items

Log in to LibrarySearch, find the item's full record and use the Place a Hold option under Locate/Request heading. More information about the holds option.

Journal articles, book chapters, and other digital copies

Log in to LibrarySearch, find the item's full record and click on the Document Delivery link from the top menu. The document delivery request form will open in a new tab. Fill in the details and make sure to select the Digital format under Delivery information. More information about Document Delivery service.

CAVALborrow in LibrarySearch option

CAVALborrow is a book delivery service that makes it easy to request books, which we don’t have in our collection. To use CAVALborrow:

  1. Log in to LibrarySearch and search for the book.
  2. If the title doesn’t come up in the search results, select the CAVALborrow button to check the collections of participating libraries. The button appears at the bottom of the page under the search results and you must already be logged in for it to work.
    CAVALBorrow button example
  3. Look for the library that makes the book available to CAVALborrow
  4. Select the RMIT campus Library you wish to collect the book from
  5. You’ll receive an email when it arrives.

The Document Delivery service option

If the book is not available through CAVALborrow, request it as an interlibrary loan through our Document Delivery service. More information about Document Delivery service.

Our Library is a member of two reciprocal borrowing schemes, which allow you to borrow some items in person from the participating libraries. The two schemes are CAVAL (Cooperative Action by Victorian Academic Libraries) and ULANZ (the University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand).

Victorian university or TAFE libraries

  • Check your CAVAL eligibility.
  • Confirm that the external library is a member of the CAVAL scheme.
  • Take your current RMIT ID to the library you wish to borrow from. That library will issue you with a CAVAL card. (RMIT University OUA students please note: you must first register for a CAVAL card at an RMIT University Library service desk).
  • You can use the CAVAL card at any member library.
  • You need both your RMIT ID and the CAVAL card to borrow items from other libraries.

Australian or New Zealand university libraries

Membership conditions

  • Membership is for the current calendar year only, regardless of when you join throughout the year.
  • Proof of continued enrolment or employment will be required to renew your registration each year.
  • Membership is personal and not transferable.

Borrowing and returns

Loans can only be made in person from the library where you register.

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.

Low use journals are stored at the CAVAL Archival and Research Materials Centre (CARM2).

Online requests

To request journals or copies of journal articles from the off-site storage, send a document delivery request.

Delivery times: journal loans and copies: 2 - 4 working days

Copies of articles will be delivered electronically to your document delivery account.

Loans of journals will be available from a service desk at your site Library (to be used in the Library only).

We will email you when your request has arrived.

Items will be available for 4 weeks, and you can renew them for additional 4 weeks using your document delivery account, by emailing libdoc@rmit.edu.au, or calling 03 9925 2441.

On-site access

You can visit CAVAL CARM2 off-site storage facility to view material. 24-hour notice is required.

CAVAL
4 Park Drive
Bundoora
Ph: 03 9459 2722

Email: caval@caval.edu.au

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