Find out what you can borrow and access, including 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.

  • Up to 50 items may be borrowed
  • Main collection (8 weeks) subject to recall
  • Journals and DM collection items (4 weeks) subject to recall
  • Laptops (4 days)
  • eBooks:
    • Loan periods for eBooks vary by publisher
    • You can find out more about using eBooks through the guide

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.


  • All laptops are located in the self-service LapSafe units
    • City West: Level 2 of the Jeffrey Smart building, near the Tech Zone
    • City East: Level 3 in the corridor opposite computer barn B3-30
    • Magill: East Wing, to the right of the entrance up the steps
    • Mawson Lakes: Ground floor, behind the Ask the Library/IT Service Point
  • Laptops are available for loan during each building's opening hours
  • Available laptops are indicated by a blue light
  • Laptops that are still charging are indicated with a red light
  • Laptops are loaned with a charger (no mouse or bag)
  • You will need your student card or the Student App to borrow a laptop
  • Follow the instructions on the unit to borrow the laptop


  • You will need to use your student card or the Student App to return the laptop
  • To complete the return process, you must plug the charger in the self-service unit into the laptop
  • The laptop will remain on your record until it has been plugged in so please make sure that you have connected it to the power source
  • Please make sure you save your work on a USB or external drive before returning the laptop to the Library. Once the laptop is rebooted all added files will be cleared in the same way as the machines in the computer pools

Laptop details

All laptops have wireless networking capabilities which allows connection to the University network while on campus

Software available on each laptop:

  • Microsoft Windows 10 (x64)
  • Adobe Digital Editions
  • Adobe Flash Player
  • Adobe Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Player
  • EndNote
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Security Essentials
  • Skype
  • VLC Media Player
  • Microsoft Office Professional Plus:
    • Microsoft Access
    • Microsoft Excel
    • Microsoft OneNote
    • Microsoft Outlook
    • Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Microsoft Publisher
    • Microsoft Word

Conditions of use

  • By borrowing a laptop, students accept responsibility for the care of the laptop and will make sure that it is returned in good condition and on time
  • Loans are limited to one laptop per student
  • Borrowers who are suspended will not be able to borrow a laptop
  • If a laptop is returned with parts missing or faulty, you may be charged replacement costs
  • Damaged or non-returned laptops may be invoiced at cost
  • Costs will be determined by the University's Information Technology unit
  • Please contact Ask the Library immediately to report any problems.

Physical Item Request

  • Requests can be placed on items that are currently out on loan or held at another campus
  • If the requested item is available at the selected pickup campus, the request will be cancelled as you are expected to retrieve it yourself.  
  • Requests cannot be placed on our special collections.

Once you have found an item in the Library catalogue:

  • View the Get it section for information about the item's location and availability
  • Sign into the catalogue using your University username and password
  • Click the Request link
  • Select your Pickup Location
    • If you are eligible for postal delivery services, select the location Off Campus Library Service and the item will be sent to you
  • Click Request

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. Once available items will be held for 4 days.

Items that are on the shelf at another campus or held within offsite warehouse should be available within 2 working days. If the item is on loan it might take some time for your item to become available. 

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

  • Select myLibrary and login using your UniSA username and password
  • Scroll down to review your requests
  • Requests pending are not yet available
  • Requests available are ready for collection at your Pickup Location. 

Document Requests

For documents not held at UniSA Library check if you are eligible to request delivery via the Interlibrary Loans and Document Delivery Service

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?

  • Placing a request for the item via the Library Catalogue will automatically generate a recall of the item
  • This will reduce the current borrower's loan period to a 14 day loan
  • You will receive an email when the item is ready for collection

What if an item on loan to me is recalled?

  • If you have an item that has been requested by another patron, automatic renewals will not occur
  • Fines apply if the recalled items are not returned by the revised due date
  • Check myLibrary to keep track of when items are due for return

At the time of borrowing

  • If you borrow an item which already has a request on it, the loan period is automatically reduced to 14 days
  • Keep track of due dates via myLibrary

Existing items already on loan

If an item on loan to you is recalled you will receive a Recall Notice email informing you of the new due date

  • The weekly Borrowing Activity Statement email will also indicate if an item you have borrowed is recalled and the new due date
  • This will be 14 days from the date of recall. If the item is already due within the recall period the due date will remain unchanged


  • Main collection items are automatically renewed (up to a year, subject to recall)
  • Journals and DM collection items are not renewable (loan period up to 28 days subject to recall)
  • Laptop loans are not renewable

An item will not be renewed if any of the following apply

  • It has been requested by another patron (fines apply for late return of recalled items)
  • It has been renewed for the maximum time allowed
  • You are suspended from borrowing
  • You owe more than $50 in Library fines
  • You have any overdue items
  • Your patron record has expired

Use myLibrary to keep track of when items are due for return.

  • The Library sends a monthly email ‘Your Current Library Statement’ on the 2nd of every month
  • This statement includes details of loans, due dates, recalled and overdue items and any laptop penalties
  • The Library also sends notices for overdue items, recalled items, requests available for collection and invoices
  • Patrons with no loans or outstanding fines will not be sent this statement
  • Notices and statements are sent to UniSA email accounts
  • To avoid overdue fines return your laptop by the due date
  • Check due dates by logging onto myLibrary
  • For further information contact Ask the Library

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.

Returns Chutes

Return chutes can be found at the following locations:

City East

  • Inside the Library opposite the service point

City West

  • There are two return chutes located on level one of the Jeffery Smart Building:
    • one is next to the southern lift near the CareerShop
    • one is located near FMAssist
  • You can view their locations on the Digital wayfinder


  • Outside the library entrance on the left hand side

Mawson Lakes

  • Inside the glass foyer on the right before entering the Library
  • To return items at this campus outside of opening hours, you will need your student ID card. Please visit Security to activate your card for this access


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.

If you have lost your card you will need to report this to Campus Central and organise a replacement card.

Library fines apply for

  • Overdue laptops at $5 per day

To avoid Library fines

  • Take note of the due date 
  • Return items on time
  • Ensure you plug your returned laptop into the Lapsafe
  • Read your University email every day to check for Library notices
  • Don't ask others to return items for you
  • Keep track of your due dates via myLibrary

You can pay fines in person or by phone:

  • On campus at Campus Central: The following methods of payment are accepted:
    • Cash
    • Cheque
    • EFTPOS
    • Money Order
    • UnionPay

Diners Club cards are not accepted.

  • By phone: contact Ask the Library on 1300 137 659 to pay via credit card (Visa/MasterCard only, no surcharge)

Please note: The Library does not accept payment 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:

  • lack of knowledge of Library policy
  • unwillingness to take responsibility for material loaned to a third party
  • forgetting the due date
  • non-receipt of Library notices
  • email inbox was full
  • disagreement with Library penalty policy
  • returning items to non-UniSA libraries by mistake
  • not being on campus
  • on study period breaks, summer vacation or on placement
  • changed opening hours
  • It is important to make sure that all library fines are paid as soon as possible to avoid the risk of being placed in Bad Financial Standing with the University
  • If you owe $51 or more in Library fines you will be blocked from borrowing
  • Borrowers remain in Bad Financial Standing until all fines are cleared
  • If you have been placed in Bad Financial Standing due to outstanding Library fines please contact Ask the Library or visit Campus Central to pay your fines
  • It takes approximately 1-2 business days for the Bad Financial Standing to be cleared after a Library fine has been paid
  • If you have any questions about this please contact Ask the Library for assistance

Postgraduate Research Degree Students

  • If you are receiving a research degree scholarship please be aware that Bad Financial Standing stops payment of stipends until outstanding fines are paid
  • For more information regarding research degree scholarship payments please contact Graduate Research
  • For more information about Library fines please contact Ask the Library

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