Borrowing

If you'rea VU library member you can request to borrow a book that is at another VU campus, or 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. If you return an item late you will be charged a fine. 

if you're a VU student, unpaid fines can prevent you from attending graduation or re-enrolling, so it's important to keep up to date with your loans.

Placing a hold on an item

Library members can request books that are located at another campus 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 2 - 4 week loans.
  • Requests for holds can NOT be placed on items that have a restricted loan period: i.e.: 1-Day / 7-Day loans, Reserve Items OR items deemed 'NOT FOR LOAN': i.e.: reference, periodicals, not for loan and special collection items.
  • Requests for holds may not be placed on audio-visual materials (video tapes, DVDs, cassette tapes and equipment). Patrons must 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 3 holds at any one time.
  • Library users are asked to collect their holds as soon as possible, as the library only keeps items for you for 5 working days.
  • Library users collecting holds will have them issued for 2 or 4 weeks except where there are 2 or more holds on a single item. In this case, the loan period will be reduced to 7 days (1 week) only. Refer to your date-due receipt.
  • BONUS+ requests (holds) are counted toward your 10 requests (holds) limit.

Renewals

There is no limit to the number of renewals on a Standard Loan, unless another Library patron has requested them. Restricted loans are not renewable.

Renewals can be made online via My Library, by phoning +61 3 9919 4266 or in person. A PIN is required when using the catalogue to renew items or check/place items on hold. The default PIN is your date of birth in ddmmyyy format – you can change your PIN in My Library. If you forget your PIN, you will have to visit one of the Campus Libraries Service desks to have your PIN cleared.

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 Masters and PhD students) have an unlimited number of loans. The loan period is 28 days.

The loan period for all non-VU members is 28 days, with the number of items limited to 10.

Restricted loans

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

  • Books in high demand – 1, 3 or 14 days
  • Audiovisual (DVDs) – 7 or 14 days (normally)
  • Audiovisual (all other types) – 7 days (normally)
  • Restricted audiovisual – 1 day
  • Reserve collection – 2 hours (within the Library only)
  • Laptops - 4 hours (within the Library only)

Library fines

If an item becomes overdue your borrowing privileges will be suspended until the item is returned. If an infringement has been applied borrowing privileges will be suspended until all outstanding charges are paid.

Any unpaid fines and bills attached to your library record can be seen in MyLibrary.

  • Items more than 28 days overdue (or less than 28 days for short-term loan items) will attract an infringement penalty of $20.
  • Overdue items with a hold placed on them are issued a Recall Notice; if the item is not returned within 7 days from the date of notice, there is an infringement penalty of $20 per recalled item.
  • Items overdue from participating CAVAL libraries will also attract an additional Victoria University infringement penalty of $20.
  • Items that are not returned, lost or damaged normally attract a penalty of $125 per item.
  • Library fines can also prevent you from re-enrolling, graduating or accessing your results so it is important to clear the debt immediately.

It is your responsibility to ensure that your personal details are up to date – notices from the Library are sent to the email address on your enrolment record, which is your VU email address by default. Log in to MYVU Portal to check your details.

Paying your fine

Library fines can be paid with a credit card using our Online Secure Payment System (your record will be cleared within one business day).

Please ensure that all overdue items have been returned before making a payment (online payments cannot be accepted unless items are returned). Use the non-returned item amount to pay for items that are not returned due to loss or damage.

Payments can also be made at your Campus Library Service Desk with your Papercut printing account.

Contact us if you are unsure of the amount owing. Payments are processed during business hours only – if payments are made outside of business hours, they will be processed the next business day.

Contact us

For enquiries regarding overdue items please contact your Campus Library Service Desk.

For enquiries regarding Library Infringements please phone +61 3 9919 2054.