If you are not able to find particular items within the VU Library, you can try to obtain these items from other libraries. CAVAL and ArticleReach are available to all students and staff.
The Document Request service is another way that staff and postgraduate students (PhD, professional doctorates, masters, graduate diploma, graduate certificate) and honours students can obtain material not available at the VU library.
In 'Using other libraries':
ArticleReach is a service that enables VU students and staff to locate and access journal articles that are not held in the VU Library collection.
- If you search for a journal article in Library search and cannot find a Full Text Online version, follow the links to request the article through ArticleReach.
- Give as much detail of the item as possible - the more detail you supply, the easier it is to fulfil your request.
- Requested articles are sent to your email as a PDF document (times will vary depending on the library supplying the item). Alternatively, you may receive an email stating that your request cannot be filled because the item is unavailable, or because you didn't provide enough detail in your request.
CAVAL reciprocal borrowing
CAVAL is a reciprocal borrowing program that allows you to borrow items from other Victorian libraries.
To obtain a CAVAL card, present your current student or staff ID to your nearest campus library Loans Desk.
As a CAVAL borrower it is your responsibility to make yourself familiar with the conditions of loan, rules and regulations at each of the libraries from which you borrow.
Please note that overdue fees at other libraries may incur an additional fine of $20 payable to Victoria University.
TAFE National Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme
The TAFE Libraries National Reciprocal Borrowing Scheme allows students and staff of participating TAFE libraries to register and borrow materials in person from any other participating host TAFE library in any other state. The scheme assists students and staff who may be enrolled with or employed by a TAFE institution in one state but who find it more convenient to access TAFE library services in another state. The reciprocal borrowing arrangements between TAFE libraries within a state are not covered by this scheme.
Information on the scheme and participating TAFE libraries by State is available at the Australian Library and Information Association website.
University Libraries of Australia & New Zealand (ULANZ) borrowing scheme
The scheme is a cooperative arrangement between the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and Council of New Zealand University Librarians (CONZUL).
Registration is done directly at the host institution, who provide you with a borrowing card. You will need to provide photo ID as well as proof of current enrolment/employment from your home university. To borrow you need to present both your home institution ID card and the ULANZ card issued to you by the host institution. If your registration needs to be verified it may take up to two working days to process.
Search other libraries
- Libraries Australia (The National Library's catalogue of the combined holdings of Australian Libraries)
- CARM Store Catalogue (The CARM Centre contains last copies of valuable but low usage archival and research material)
- Deakin University Library
- LaTrobe University Library
- Monash University Library
- RMIT University Library
- State Library of Victoria
- Federation University Library
- University of Melbourne Library
- British Library
- COPAC: Access to the merged online catalogues of major University, Specialist, and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library
- Library Link Victoria LLY: A combined catalogue of Victorian Public, State and Academic Libraries
- Libraries Australia via web interface & via Trove
- NLA Gateway: Australian and Overseas Library Catalogues
- National Library Copies Direct: The National Library of Australia offers a fee-based service for copies of articles, book chapters from it collection and other Australian collections. The service is available to the public, and maybe suited to VU undergraduate students.