Current and new VU students and staff are automatically members of the VU library and can use the facilities and services provided. Offshore students and staff are also members of the library and can access a wide range of online resources. Your student or staff card is your library card and can also be used for printing, and copying.

In certain cases, other groups such as reciprocal borrowers and external borrowers can also access library resources.

Offshore students & staff

Offshore students are automatically members of the VU library, and have access to a range of online resources, including e-books, eJournals, videos, newspapers and theses.

Please note print books cannot be sent overseas (limit your search to "Items with full text online").

If you cannot find the item you are looking for, it may be acquired through our document request service (conditions apply).

Offshore staff at partner institutions

Offshore staff who teach VU students are automatically registered to access VU Library eResources. There may be some delay due to administrative processing of employment data. For further enquiries contact [email protected] at the Library.

Visiting Melbourne & accessing the library

Offshore students and staff who come to Australia and wish to borrow books from the library need to:

  • contact their onshore program coordinator to apply for Short-Term Membership Indemnity from the library
  • provide contact details including their onshore address; the application form then needs to be signed by the program coordinator and an end date provided
  • submit the completed form to any campus library Service Desk to be enrolled on the library management system.

Reciprocal borrowers

Search the Library for books, journals, DVDs and multimedia collections. Some restrictions apply to materials from the Library collection (see Loan periods), including journals, IELTS, off-air recordings and Reference and Audio-Visual material.

Reciprocal borrowers can access some online resources that are available via the public access catalogues. This does not include access to the VU Wireless network or general internet usage. Reciprocal borrowers are unable to borrow laptops, book library PCs or book student study or discussion rooms.

Your My Library username is the barcode on the CAVAL or CAUL (ULANZ) card.


CAVAL is a borrowing program that allows staff and students of participating libraries to borrow material from other participating libraries. To register you will need to provide proof (i.e. a current staff or student ID card from your home institution, VU).

Check CAVAL website for details.

University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand borrowing scheme (ULANZ)

ULANZ is a borrowing scheme that allows students and staff of Australian and New Zealand universities to borrow in person from any other participating university library. See using other libraries for further details.

External borrowers

External membership of the Library is available to:

  • VU alumni
  • VCE/VET students
  • other individuals living in the Melbourne metropolitan area.

Your My Library username is the barcode on the External Borrower Card.

Apply for external membership

You can apply for external membership at any VU Library service desk.

Please bring your photo ID and proof of residence to support your application.