Library membership terms and conditions

Library membership information, including limits and loan periods for RMIT students, staff, alumni and external visitors.

This information applies to students of the Australian campus unless otherwise noted. Students at the Vietnam campus should check with their local Library for their entitlements.

RMIT University Library reserves the right, where necessary, to:

  • Restrict items in high demand to a shorter loan period without prior notice, and
  • Recall an item by issuing a Library Recall Notice, giving the new due date the item is to be returned by.

External visitors' access restrictions due to COVID

All external visitors, including CAVAL and Alumni, must be accompanied by an RMIT staff or student host.

Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
30 items 14 days Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 12 months 10 holds
Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
50 items 28 days Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 12 months 10 holds
Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
50 items 28 days Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 12 months 20 holds
Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
30 items 14 days Yes Yes Yes No Yes 12 months 10 holds
Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
30 items 14 days Yes Yes Yes No Yes 12 months 10 holds

Before visiting the Library site, you must register as a Short Course borrower.

You can borrow from our Library if your home library is a member of the Cooperative Action by Victorian Academic Libraries (CAVAL) or the University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ) reciprocal borrowing schemes.

Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
8 items 14 days (students); 28 days (staff) No No No No Fee-based 3 months 2 holds

Before visiting the campus, you must register as an external borrower. Select your home institution from the list below and fill out the registration form. CAVAL/ULANZ membership terms and conditions apply. Please allow two full business days for your registration to be processed.

Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
8 items 14 days (students); 28 days (staff) Yes, limited to some databases only Yes Yes No Fee-based 12 months 10 holds

Borrowing from the Library collection

To obtain a borrower card, visit any of our Library sites and present your valid photo ID (e.g. driver's license, passport) to the Concierge. The card will be issued on the spot.

Access to online resources

You can access a subset of Library databases, e-journals, and e-books. You can also access your LibrarySearch account to check your loans and place holds.

If you are a first-time user, you will need to reset your RMIT account. Use your RMIT student number or registered email address.

Contact the RMIT Alumni office at alumni@rmit.edu.au if you have any problems logging in.

For more information, go to Library services for RMIT alumni.

Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
30 items 14 days Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 12 months 10 holds

How to register

As an OUA student enrolled in units offered by RMIT University, you can order your student card online using MyRMIT. You will find instructions on the RMIT student card page, including steps you can take if you have problems logging in to MyRMIT.

Once you get your student card, you can also join the CAVAL reciprocal borrowing scheme. Apply for a CAVAL card at the Library’s service desk.

With the CAVAL card, you can borrow items from other Victorian universities and TAFE/VE libraries that participate in the scheme.

Online resources

You should receive a letter with your RMIT student number and password – this is your RMIT login. Use it to access computers in the Library and Library e-resources (both on-campus and off-campus).

Are you an OUA student not enrolled through RMIT?

You can still join the Library as a fee-paying borrower. You will find the relevant information under the 'Community and U3A students' heading on this page.

We are currently unable to register new community members. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Loans quota General collections Online resources Closed Reserve Audiovisual CAVAL Document Delivery Renewals Holds
8 items 14 days No Yes Yes No Fee-based 3, 6 or 12 months (depending on the membership) 10 holds

Applying for library membership

Community members, including Open University Australia (OUA) students not enrolled through RMIT University can join the Library as fee-paying borrowers.

Contact the Library and we will issue you with a borrowing card once we receive your payment. You have a choice of the following membership options and prices:

  • 3 months: $55.00
  • 6 months: $110.00
  • 12 months: $220.00

Prices are GST inclusive. We accept payments by EFTPOS/credit card only (Mastercard, Visa or Bankcard). Evidence of identity, such as a driver’s licence, will be required.

University of Third Age (U3A) students can register for free.

Please note: access to our subscription-based online resources is not included.

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.