VU library members can request to borrow a book that is at another open VU campus library, or which is currently on loan. You can also renew a standard loan if you're still using the book, unless a hold has been placed on the item.

You need to ensure you return the borrowed item at the end of the specified loan period. Items can be returned to any campus library during opening hours. Items may also be returned to libraries which have external return chutes (Footscray Park, St Albans and Werribee campus libraries) outside of opening hours.

Placing a hold on an item

Library members can request books that are located at an open campus library of Victoria University or ask for a book that is already out on loan to be held for them upon its return.

  • Patrons can place holds themselves through Library Search and logging into My Library. Holds may not be placed over the telephone.
  • Requests for holds may be placed on standard two to four week loans.

Items that can't be placed on hold

  • Items that have a restricted loan period:
    • one-day loans
    • VU Sydney items.
  • Reserve items.
  • Items deemed 'not for loan':
    • reference
    • periodicals
    • special collection items
  • Equipment.

Contact the service desk at a campus to book these items.

Restrictions on holds

  • Victoria University staff and students may place a total of 10 holds at any one time.
  • Non-Victoria University patrons may place a total of three holds at any one time.
  • Library users are asked to collect their holds as soon as possible, as the library only keeps hold items for five working days.
  • Library users collecting holds will have them issued for four weeks except where there are two or more holds on a single item. In this case, the loan period will be reduced to 14 days (two weeks) only. Refer to your date-due receipt.

Automatic renewals

The library will automatically renew all your standard loans two days before the due date, unless:

  • you have an overdue item (this will stop automatic renewals for all of your loans)
  • the item has been requested by someone else
  • the item is an inter-library loan item
  • the item has a restricted loan period, is on Reserve, or is located at VU Sydney
  • your library privileges have been suspended for any reason
  • you have already renewed the item the maximum number of times.

Maximum number of renewals apply to external borrowers (including ULANZ and CAVAL) – three renewals.

The library will send you a courtesy email to let you know when an item has been automatically renewed, or if you've reached your maximum borrowing time. Please ensure that you return these items by the due date in the email.

Renewals can be made online via My Library, by phoning +61 3 9919 4266 or in person.

Loan periods

Loan periods may vary depending on the type of item you are borrowing (standard or restricted) and your relationship with Victoria University (staff member, student, research candidate, or external borrower).

Standard loans

All VU members – VU TAFE and undergraduate students, VU staff, VU postgraduate students (PhD, Masters and Honours), have an unlimited number of loans.

The standard loan period varies for VU members:

  • VU TAFE and undergraduate students – 28 days
  • VU staff, VU postgraduate students (PhD, Masters and Honours) – 84 days (12 weeks) or equivalent to a semester.

The loan period for all non-VU members is 28 days, with a maximum of 10 loan items.

Restricted loans

Certain items held by the Library will be restricted to shorter loan periods due to high demand.

  • Books in high demand – one, three or 14 days
  • Audiovisual (DVDs) – seven or 14 days (normally)
  • Audiovisual (all other types) – seven days (normally)
  • Restricted audiovisual – one day
  • Reserve collection – two hours (within the Library only)
  • Laptops – (student use only) photo ID, student ID card or access to MyVU app required – five hours.

Contact us

Overdue items

Phone: +61 3 9919 4266.