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New Library Users Guide: Borrowing

General information for all new library users.

Borrowing from the Library

You can borrow up to 100 items (with a few exceptions) by using your student or staff card.


Loan periods can vary from 2 hours to 90 days. Most items can be renewed up to 10 times. Hourly and Overnight loans cannot be renewed and items requested via BONUS+ can only be renewed once.

You cannot borrow if you have overdue books or fines over $25.



Renew your book online or return your books on time to avoid fines.   




Your library borrowing record

Renew items, pay fines and check your borrowing record.


What you can borrow and for how long.

Renewing items

What to do if you need an item for longer.

Requesting and holding items

How you can request items that are already on loan or unavailable.

Returning items

Where and how to return your borrowed items.


Information regarding fines for items that have not been returned or renewed.

Lost items

Procedures when library resources become lost or damaged. 

You can read eBooks online via their link from the library catalogue, Discovery or databases. You will usually have the option to download them as well. 

The read online and download options appear in different positions on the screen. Most eBooks are downloaded as either standard PDF files or are controlled by a Digital Rights Management program.


Standard PDF files - there are a range of Programs and Apps that wil read PDF files, such as:

ADE locked files - These files have Digital Rights Management (DRM) and can only be opened with Programs or Apps that are compatible with ADE, such as:

You will need to set up an Adobe ID to use ADE files.

Please note, that as Adobe Digital Editions is designed for personal use, it is not available on Library student computers.

Get Adobe Digital Editions

  1. Install Adobe Digital Editions by visiting and clicking 'download now' in the top right-hand side of the screen.
  2. Click 'launch' to activate the Adobe Digital Editions installer.
  3. Follow the on-screen prompts from the Setup Assistant wizard, and create a free Adobe ID account if you don't have one.
  4. Use your  email address and set a password to login to Adobe Digital Editions (via the wizard or the member login page).
  5. 'Activate' Adobe Digital Editions on your computer.
  6. Click 'finish' to close the wizard.  You can also close the Adobe Digital Editions 'library' which has opened, as you only need this software to be loaded on your computer to download ebooks for the set period of 3 or 7 days.

Can't remember your Adobe ID or password? Follow the instructions here for Forgotten ID or Forgotten Password.

If an item is on loan or not held by any Library branches, you may be able to borrow it from another library.





Locate, request, and borrow an item from another university library. For detailed information on BONUS+, click here.


A CAVAL card allows you to borrow in person from Victorian universities and most TAFE institutions.

Inter-library loans

Higher degree, PhD students, and staff only have access to the library's Inter-library loans service. Place a request with Inter-library loans through the Relais request system to locate and borrow material you are unable to source through the University of Melbourne.

Use your University of Melbourne ID card to check out books yourself