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Requesting library material online

Students who have access to the Library catalogue on the Internet are encouraged to request their library materials online. The Library receives the requests almost immediately and the requests are processed daily, so delivery is much faster.

To request items online, you need to do the following:

  • Search the catalogue for the book you require, usually either by title or author (or both) or keyword
  • Once you have found the item within the catalogue, the Request button appears on the full bibliographic description screen, where the Location, Call Number and Status information is displayed
  • Click on the Request button, fill in the details required and click on Submit the Request
  • The Library staff process these requests every day and the item will be posted to the address you supplied at registration as soon as possible. Please make provision for possible delays in the postal system

The link to Requests will offer the option to request either a book or a journal article.

These requests, however, require that you type the title and author, etc. of the item required, identify yourself and then click on Submit.

If the Library does not have the item that is being requested, the request will be considered by the Interlibrary Lending section, and if necessary you will be charged for any costs incurred in obtaining the item. Please be aware that obtaining these interlibrary items could take some time.

If a library item you require is out on loan to someone else, it is still possible to request the item.

When you request an item that has already been borrowed by someone else, the Library system places a Hold on the item and sends a request to the borrower to return the item to the Library within a specified number of days.

When the item is returned it will be checked out to your patron record and posted to you.

Prescribed books cannot be requested - the Library system has been set up to deny these requests because students are expected to purchase their own copies of the books prescribed for their courses.

Please consult your Tutorial Letter 101 for the list of books prescribed for your course.