Borrowing from UOW Library

Use your UOW student card, staff card or guest card to borrow via our UOW Library Borrowing app or kiosk. Staff at the Service Desk can assist you. Find out more about borrowing from your regional or metropolitan campus library.

Loan receipts and notifications are sent to UOW student/staff email addresses (alumni and guest account notifications are sent to your nominated email).

Use our Library SEARCH to find and access items in our collections. And if you can't find what you're looking for, you can borrow items from other libraries.

Borrow equipment from the Loans Desk at the Wollongong Campus Library:

  • calculators (exam approved)
  • room kits for Group Study Rooms
  • and mouses.

Check My Library Card for items borrowed, due dates and fines, how to renew items, and activate and view your reading history.

By borrowing from UOW Library, you agree to comply with our Library Loans and Access Policy.

Borrowing conditions

Category Students Staff & postgraduates Alumni Guests
Membership type





Academic staff

Professional staff








Ex UOW staff

Max loans Unlimited Unlimited 30*** 30***
Loan period*

170 days

1 renewal

170 days

Unlimited renewals

28 days

2 renewals

28 days

2 renewals

2-hour loan items**

2 items

2 hours

No renewals

No holds

2 items

2 hours

No renewals

No holds

Equipment loans

4 hours

No renewals

4 hours

No renewals

Max holds Unlimited Unlimited 10 N/A
Database access Full access Full access Restricted access Restricted access
Document Delivery Yes Yes N/A N/A

 * Loan periods may differ at regional, metropolitan or international locations.

** 2-hour loans are not available at all locations.

*** The maximum number of loans may differ at regional, metropolitan or international locations.

Placing holds

Holds allow you to request items already on loan.

To place a hold on an item:

  1. Sign in if you haven't already done so
  2. Click the 'hold' button above the item record.

You'll be notified by email when the item is available for pickup at your Library (you must collect the item within seven days).

Students cannot request holds for items available for loan in the Library. Holds are not available for 2-hour loans or equipment.

UOW Library Borrowing app

Wollongong and Shoalhaven Campus Library clients can borrow directly from the shelves using our UOW Library Borrowing app.

App users:

  1. Download and launch 'UOW Library Borrowing' from your app store.
  2. Login to the app by scanning your Library card or entering your UOW login details. Once you have done this the first time, the app will remember your details.
  3. Use the app to scan the barcode of the items you want to borrow - you can do this right from the shelves or from a study desk in the Library!
  4. Before you leave the Library, remember to deactivate the security on your items by placing them on the machine by the Service Desk and waiting for the green light.

Kiosk users:

  1. Login to the kiosk by the Service Desk by scanning your Library card or entering your UOW login details.
  2. To borrow your items and deactivate the security, place them on the machine next to the kiosk. You can remove your items once the green light is displayed.

Renewing items

How to renew

Renewals for students

Students (Undergraduates, Honours, Diploma and Non-degree) can renew general collection items online, in person or by phone (02 4221 3545).

If an item is recalled, a revised due date will be applied, and the item will need to be returned to the Library.

If your Library membership is due to expire before the 170-day loan or renewal period, your items will be renewed until your membership expiry date.

Automatic renewals for staff and postgraduates

General collection items will be automatically renewed for staff, PhD and Masters students, three days before the item's due date. If the item is recalled, it will need to be returned to the Library. If your Library membership is due to expire before the 170-day loan period, your items will be auto-renewed until your membership expiry date.

Renewals for Alumni and guests

Alumni and guests can renew their items manually by logging into their borrowing record.

Restrictions on renewals

Recalled items, equipment and 2-hour loans, cannot be renewed.

Recalled items

You are guaranteed a minimum 10 days with borrowed items, but if another Library client places a hold on your item it will be recalled and you must return it.

A recall may change your original due date (see borrowing conditions for standard loan periods).

If an item is recalled, the due date will be 10 days from the date the hold was placed or your original due date (whichever is earlier).

You will be emailed via your UOW email with the due date of a recalled item. Late fees apply.

Returning items to Wollongong Campus Library

During office hours, use the returns chute in the entry foyer.

After hours, return items to the after-hours bin at the rear west-side of the Library (outside the arcade, opposite the carpark).

Mail items to:

Client Services
University of Wollongong Library
Dharawal Country
Locked Bag No 8813


Return the following items by the due time or date during opening hours to avoid being fined:

  • 2-hour loan items.
  • Items requested by another client (hold) or otherwise recalled by the Library.
  • Items borrowed from another library.

Check your Library card to see any fines you may owe.

Fine charges

2-hour loan Recalled item Item from other library Lost/damaged item

$2 per hour overdue (maximum $30 fine)

$3 per day overdue

$1 per day overdue

Replacement cost + $10 administration processing fee

Lost/damaged replacement costs

When an item has been lost or damaged beyond repair or further use, you will be required to cover the replacement cost plus a $10 administration processing fee.

Loss of borrowing privileges

You will not be able to borrow if you have items flagged as lost on your record or outstanding fines of more than $60 (students, staff) or $10 (alumni, guests).

Paying fines


Wollongong Campus Library Loans Desk (EFTPOS, MasterCard, Visa)

By phone:

Call us on 02 4221 3548 during business hours