Find out what you can borrow and access, including eBooks and laptops. Learn how to request and return items, how recalls work and what to do if you’ve lost your card.
UniSA students: Scan your student ID barcode to borrow from the self-check machines. You can use either your student ID card or download the 'University of South Australia' Student App to do this.
OUA students: Use your OUA card to borrow from the self-check machines.
You are responsible for all items borrowed on your card.
If you are having difficulty borrowing an item please use the nearest service point to ask for help or contact Ask the Library.
UniSA staff and students can borrow in person from:
Present your Student ID card at their Service Desks. For more information on borrowing conditions at these Libraries, please see their websites.
To borrow from another University Library that is a member of University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand (ULANZ), it is important to verify eligibility with the Library you wish to register with as local borrowing conditions may apply.
Laptops are available at each metropolitan campus for loan to UniSA, CELUSA & SAIBT students.
They can be borrowed for up to 4 days, on a first come first serve basis.
Renewals and requests cannot be made on laptops.
Laptops not returned on time will incur overdue fines ($5 per day) and invoicing will apply for lost or damaged laptops or missing parts.
Software available on each laptop:
Conditions of use
An item will not be renewed if any of the following apply
Use myLibrary to keep track of when items are due for return
For documents not held at UniSA Library check if you are eligible to request delivery via the Interlibrary Loans and Document Delivery Service
Physical Item Request
Requesting an item
Once you have found an item in the Library catalogue:
You will receive an email when the item is ready for collection and you will need to borrow the item using the self-check machines.
Items that are on the shelf at another campus or held within offsite warehouse should be available within 2 working days.
You can keep track of requests as well as cancel your request(s) by logging in to myLibrary.
If you are having trouble placing a request contact Ask the Library.
Checking the status of an item request
How long do I have to collect my item?
My request status is ‘pending’, what does this mean?
Recalls occur when an item that is on loan is requested by another patron.
What if I need an item on loan to another patron?
What if an item on loan to me is recalled?
At the time of borrowing:
Existing items already on loan:
If an item on loan to you is recalled you will receive a Recall Notice informing you of the new due date
Check myLibrary to keep track of when items are due for return. Items can be returned via the returns chutes at any Campus Library.
Oversized items that do not fit in the return chute can be returned during opening hours within each library.
Return chutes can be found at the following locations:
If you have lost your card you will need to report this to Campus Central and organise a replacement card.
Library fines apply for:
To avoid Library fines:
You can pay fines in person, by phone or by mail:
Library AdministrationGPO Box 2471Adelaide SA5001
Please note: Library fines cannot be paid by WebPay, Post BillPay or Bpay.
Library staff will consider all legitimate concerns relating to fines.
Reasons that do not constitute a basis for dispute include:
Postgraduate Research Degree Students: