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Research: Library


Welcome to the Federation University Library. The Library contributes to research achievement at Federation University by

  • facilitating access to high quality information resources relevant to your research
  • providing services and programs which increase accessibility and citation of your research

Are you ready to research?

Use the ready-to-research checklist to see if you're ready and to find out what help the Library can give you.

Ready-to-research checklist

Individual consultations

Individual consultations with a Liaison Librarian are available to all HDR students and research staff (scroll down to Research, Learning and Liaison Team).

A Liaison Librarian can:

  • introduce you to Library services and resources which support research
  • help you select appropriate databases and search them effectively
  • provide advice on how you can save and reuse your searches
  • show you how to keep up to date using automated alerts
  • help you to manage your references with EndNote
  • highlight the tools available to measure research impact

Research students are strongly advised to make an appointment with a Liaison Librarian early in the research process, to ensure an effective plan for searching the literature and managing references.

To request an individual consultation you can use the appointment scheduler below:

Schedule an appointment

f the times suggested by the scheduler do not suit, please contact or call 1300 552 567 to arrange an appointment at a mutually convenient time.


Can't find an item in the Federation University Library?

BONUS+ offers easy access to the collections of participating Australasian university libraries.

If you cannot find an item in the Federation University Library, click on the BONUS+ icon to search in participating libraries. If the item is available, use your current University ID barcode to request the item, which will be sent to a Federation campus library for you to collect.

As a researcher, you can request up to 10 items at a time (in addition to your Federation University Library items quota). Once you’ve finished with them, drop them back to the Federation University Library for return to the original lending library.  You are able to borrow a Bonus+ item for an initial 3 week period with 2 renewals allowed.


You should also look at:

At an early stage in your research, you should also be familiar with this guide:

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Click on the titles below to reveal information about Library services to research students and staff.

 HDR and postgraduate* borrowing 


To borrow from the Library, you must have your current University student or staff ID card.

* Federation postgraduate students include graduate certificate, graduate diploma, honours, masters and PhD students.


Number of items A combined total of 100 items from across the campus libraries may be on loan at any one time.
Loan period 42 days (6 weeks), except multimedia items which are a 14 day loan
Number of renewals 20, if nobody else requests the item
Grace period before penalties apply 2 days
Penalties The Library does not issue fines, but it has a demerit points system which can affect your borrowing.
  • 1 demerit point per item per day it is overdue
  • 40 demerit points = 2 week suspension
  • 80 demerit points = 4 week suspension

Please note that Journals and Reference material are not available for loan.

 Document Delivery 


If an item you require is not available at the Federation Library, Document Delivery will identify the libraries that have it and request it for you.

While Document Delivery does request books, the service is usually used for access to journal articles, theses and other, more difficult items to source. Click here for further information about Document Delivery services.

 Postgraduate Room (Mt Helen only)


The Mt. Helen Library has a Postgraduate Research room on Level 1 for use by postgraduates, HDR students and their supervisors.


Students and supervisors can contact the Library to make a booking. You’ll need to have your current Federation University ID card to borrow the room key. The room can be booked for up to three hours.

The room is supplied with video conferencing equipment and an electronic whiteboard. A laptop with wireless Internet access can also be booked through the Information Desk, if needed.

 Reading History 

Reading History is a helpful service to keep a record of Federation University Library material that you’ve previously borrowed. For your privacy, the Library doesn’t keep this information for you.

You can turn it on by logging in to My Library.

Visiting other university libraries

Visiting other university libraries 


Borrowing at Victorian tertiary libraries
The CAVAL Reciprocal Borrowing scheme allows you to borrow from other Victorian tertiary libraries free of charge. Under this arrangement, you visit the library to borrow and you return the items to that library. You can sign up for a CAVAL card from the Federation University Library before you go elsewhere to borrow to avoid experiencing a delay in service at the other library. A list of participating libraries and conditions is available at:

Borrowing at a university library outside Victoria
The ULANZ (University Library Australia and New Zealand) scheme is another ‘in person’ borrowing scheme, this one for borrowing from university libraries interstate and in New Zealand. For further information go to: 

Other information

Other research-related info 

  • Elsevier Researcher Academy - e-learning resources designed to support researchers through their research journey. 
    This resource is designed by Elsevier (although they state the content is vendor neutral) and includes information on a wide variety of topics from research preparation through to publishing. Free sign-up required for full access.
  • The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research - the responsibilities of individual researchers and of institutions where research is conducted.
For funding opportunities, non-Library research support, and other information, see: