Borrowing

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 Policy.

Borrowing conditions

CategoryStudentsStaff & postgraduatesAlumniGuests
Membership type

Undergraduates

Honours

Diploma

Non-degree

Academic staff

Professional staff

PhD

Masters

Alumni

Community

Reciprocal

HSC

ULANZ

Ex UOW staff

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

170 days

Unlimited renewals

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

N/A N/A
Equipment loans

4 hours

No renewals

4 hours

No renewals

N/A N/A
Max holds Unlimited Unlimited 10 1****
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.

**** Wollongong guest members only, to enable access to off-site storage items.

Borrowing items in off-site storage

Some low-use items are held in off-site storage. In our Library SEARCH, these items are identified as "Offsite Storage" and you can request the item by placing a hold.

When the hold has been placed, the item/s will be available for pick-up from Wollongong Campus Library within three business days (please allow additional time for delivery to regional and metropolitan campus libraries).

Placing holds

Holds allow you to request items already on loan or held in off-site storage.

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

Automatic renewals for students and staff

General collection items will be automatically renewed twice for students and staff, three days before the item's due date.

After two auto-renewals, students and staff will need to manually renew the item if they wish to keep it. 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.

How to renew

Items can be renewed online, in person or by phone (02 4221 3545), up to 30 days after their due date.

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

Restrictions on renewals

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

Session loans can be renewed twice.

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
WOLLONGONG NSW 2522

Fines

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.
  • Inter-Library Loan items.

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

Fine charges

2-hour loanRecalled itemItem from other libraryLost/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

Payment typePayment method
EFTPOS/credit card

Wollongong Library Loans Desk

(EFTPOS/Mastercard/Visa) or call us on 02 4221 3545

Cheque/money order

Must be in Australian dollars, made payable to UOW Pulse. Can be posted.

Postal payments must include your name, student/staff number and invoice details.

Post to:

UOW Pulse - Library fines
PO Box U500
WOLLONGONG NSW 2522