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New students' guide to the library

New to Federation University? This guide outlines the library's services and resources


Postal loans: Postal Delivery
(within Australia only)

You can request items for postal loan online through QuickSearch or the Library Catalogue. You need to obtain your university ID card and sign-in before you place a request. You can apply for a student ID card online using the CaptureMe

Select the pick up location "postal delivery" when requesting items. Items will be posted to you at the address on your library record.  You can return items on campus or post at your own expense.

Using the Library Catalogue
to access postal delivery

  1. Access the Library Catalogue from the Federation University Library page (tab on the right of the QuickSearch box).
  2. Enter search terms to find your item, and then click on the title of the item to access the full record.
  3. Select Request.
  4. Enter your username and password when request page opens.
  5. From the drop down menu select postal delivery as the pickup location. Your books will be posted to you so please ensure your address in My Student Centre is correct. You can return items on campus or via post at your own expense.

Students can 'place a hold' or request an item (print book or multi-media)

  • that is from another Federation University library campus
    • The Federation University Library will send the item/s between campus libraries free of charge
  • that is currently on loan
    • Some books such as textbooks are in high demand and rarely get returned during a semester, so if you need access to the book you must 'place a hold' on the book to be in line to borrow it.

When the item is available at your campus library, a notification is sent to your student email account to let you know it has arrived, or you can check your MyLibrary! app

Ask at your campus library where the Hold Shelf is situated.

When you have finished with the item, return it to your campus library and the library staff will take care of the rest.

Conditions of borrowing

  • If the book is listed as AVAILABLE you will receive it within 3-5 working days. Check your Federation email account for notification. 
  • If a book is ON LOAN, you can follow the above process to be placed in queue for when the book is available.
  • Please note that Federation Reference, Multimedia, Reserve or Special Collection items are limited to on-campus lending.    

Loan periods, renewals and late returns

Do you reside outside of Australia?

  • Print or media items will not be posted overseas
  • You can request a copy of the table of contents of books to check whether you would like a chapter delivered to you.

Electronic delivery of print material

Undergraduate students

You can request electronic copies of journal articles and book chapters which are only available in print. Contact the Library for further assistance.

Postgraduate students

Use the Document Delivery service to request web delivery of journal articles and book chapters only available in print or not held by Federation University.  For information on other library services for postgraduates see the Library Staff and postgraduates page.

Australian partner institute students

Australian partner institute students can borrow from our collection. Follow the same process as the postal delivery but choose your home institution. 

Please note: Items are returned at the students expense. 

Australian partner institute students cannot borrow items from the Textbook, Realia or Multimedia collections.

Overseas partner institute students

Overseas partner institute students have access to electronic resources through the Library, including databases, electronic journals, and ebooks. Search for electronic resources by keyword in QuickSearch, or browse our A-Z of library databases.

Books and other physical materials cannot be borrowed by students outside Australia.

How do I ... ?

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Click on each drop down for an explanation

Online students can borrow books and have them sent through the post to their home address as listed in MyStudent Centre by following the process outlined in the above section.

Borrowing guidelines for Federation TAFE and undergraduate students -  

100 item borrowing limit

14 day (2 week) borrowing period

eligible items will auto-renew up to 20 times (items such as laptops and other equipment are not eligible)

For more information go to

Students and staff are able to opt in to using the Reading History , which keeps a record of every item borrowed from the Federation University Library, from the time you turn on the Reading History .

Students and staff can view and renew their currently borrowed items through MyLibrary login on the library homepage, or through the MyLibrary! app that can be downloaded and installed on an Apple or Android device.

To login use your standard Federation username and password that is used to access Moodle, email or MyStudent Centre

Hard-copies of journals cannot be borrowed but the relevant article/s may be photocopied in the library

However, students can request electronic copies of journal articles or book chapters of books in eReadings or closed access collections .

Read more about how to make requests and any conditions of making a request at the following link.

The Library has access to an extensive collection of electronic journals through databases we subscribe to. These journals are available by searching:

Staff and students can submit a request for the library to purchase books.

Find out more information from here.


Use this link to suggest a title for purchase

  • You will be prompted to login with your username and password\
  • Then fill out this form

Remember, you can always ask for help from a librarian using the chat pop-out at the side of this guide