Borrowing books and resources
You can loan an unlimited number of items from our collection. Loans are of an unlimited length with no need to renew or return by a set date unless we contact you by email.
The exception is items from our High Demand (Red) collection. You can borrow a maximum of two of these items for up to four hours at a time.
Requesting physical items
If you would like to borrow a physical item, place a request and our staff will retrieve it for you:
- Log in to the catalogue using your Curtin ID and password (top right-hand corner).
- Search the catalogue to find the item.
- Select Request under the Check Availability tab of the item.
- Select your preferred Pickup Location from the drop-down menu.
- Click Request.
The Library will transfer the item to your pickup location and put it on hold for you. You will be sent an email notification when the item is available for collection.
Staff have the option of accessing the Library’s physical book collection by appointment.
Some of our items have different rules around requesting and pickup:
|How to access
|Available on Request
|Located in the compactus.
|Must be requested for pickup via the catalogue.
|Located in High Demand.
Yellow tape on spine.
|Can be requested for pickup via the catalogue, or you can pick this from the shelf yourself.
|Red (4 hour loan)
|Located in High Demand.
Red tape on spine.
|Must be picked from the shelf yourself.
Collecting and borrowing items
You’ll need your Curtin student or staff ID card to collect books.
Loans are of an unlimited length with no need to renew or return by a set date unless we contact you by email.
We will email you when another client has requested the item or if you are finishing at Curtin. You are guaranteed a minimum 7 day loan.
Checking your loans, fines and messages from the Library
You can use the Library Catalogue to check your borrower information. When you select Borrower Information, you can:
- see what items you have borrowed and if you have any that need to be returned.
- check or cancel the items you have requested.
- check if you have any fines.
- see any messages for you from the Library.
If a borrowed item has been requested by another client, you will be emailed a date by which it will need to be returned. You are guaranteed a minimum seven-day loan.
Potential fines are displayed in the Current Loans tab. They are transferred to the Fines tab when the item is returned.
Use your Curtin ID and password to log into Borrower Information.
Curtin staff, students and other Library borrowers will receive their notices via email.
About your Library card, ID and password
If you are not a Curtin student or staff member, you may request a Library card, ID and password. Please contact the Library for help with your login details.
It is possible to have multiple ID cards, for example, Curtin student and staff IDs. For library use, you are requested to use one ID card at a time, usually the one with higher privileges.
Our High Demand collection (Red) is located in TL Robertson Library for you to browse, and includes items selected by your lecturers as required reading for courses. You can borrow a maximum of two items for up to four hours at a time.
Borrowing laptops and powerpacks
Library laptops and laptop powerpacks can be loaned and returned using your student ID card from TL Robertson Library Monday to Sunday from 7.00am – 9.30 pm.
Read and Return
Need a study break? Read & Return is our collection of recreational books located on most floors of TL Robertson Library.
Find a book you would like to read in the Library or take it away with you. No need to check your book out, just return it to the shelf when you have finished.
Fines may apply if you return items late. For more information see our fines information.