Borrowing

Borrowing books from the Library is just one way to access our huge range of print resources. To help you access the information you need to succeed in your studies, we’ve gathered everything you need to know about borrowing, all in one place.

Request a digitisation

Once you've found a book in Primo Search, if you don't need the whole thing, you can request a digitised scan delivered to your email. You can request copies of book chapters, table of contents or journal articles from print resources.

Copyright restrictions apply. If you want to request a copy (one chapter or 10%), find the resource you need in Primo and then:

  1. choose 'Submit Digitisation Request'
  2. complete the form
  3. make sure you understand and agree to the copyright terms.

Watch this video to learn how to make a request.

Borrowing as an online student

As an online Charles Sturt student you can request delivery of physical items to your home address. It will be posted to you using the Australia Post eParcel system with parcel tracking.

To organise for an item to be sent to you, find the item in Primo then select Home Address as your Pickup Location. You will be sent a return address label to use with the packaging when returning the items.

This service is funded by SSAF (Student Services and Amenities Fee).

If you can't find what you need in Primo Search

Physical loans and copies of chapters or articles from journals can be requested using our Interlibrary Loans service. Fees may apply.

Material from other libraries cannot be sent overseas. We are only able to obtain digitised copies of chapters or articles for students outside Australia.

Avoiding fines

Keep track of your due dates and renew your loans before they are overdue by accessing your record in Primo Search.

The Library will send you a courtesy email two days before books are due. Please monitor overdue and recall email notices. As a current student, you can also see library notices in the Student Portal.

Learn more about Library fines.

Borrowing from other libraries

Charles Sturt staff and students may register to borrow from some universities and colleges in Australia and New Zealand through the ULANZ borrowing scheme. Charges apply at some libraries.

Learn more about ULANZ borrowing scheme.

Borrowing as alumni or community member

We provide services for alumni, high schools, members of the community and other universities. Membership is free.

Find out about membership

How many items can I borrow?

Your loan period and item limit is dependent where you are in your study and the resource you are borrowing. Normal loan conditions are listed below, and we’ll let you know when you borrow if there’s anything else you need to keep in mind.

Standard loan

As an Undergraduate, Graduate Certificate or Diploma student you can borrow:

  • Number of items: 20 items
  • Standard loan period: 4 weeks
  • Maximum renewal period: 20 weeks

As a Postgraduate students (including HDR, Masters and Honours) you can borrow:

  • Number of items: 50 items
  • Standard loan period: 12 weeks
  • Maximum renewal period: 60 weeks

Academic, Adjunct and Professional/General Staff can borrow:

  • Number of items: 50 items
  • Standard loan period: 12 weeks
  • Maximum renewal period: 60 weeks

Casual Professional/General staff can borrow:

  • Number of items: 20 items
  • Standard loan period: 4 weeks
  • Maximum renewal period: 20 weeks

Borrowing Reserve items:

  • All students and staff can borrow Reserve items in person for a maximum of 2 hours

Borrowing electronic devices:

  • Acer Switch tablets are available for 4-hour on-campus loan by all students
  • Staff are not eligible to borrow electronic devices from the Library

How do I renew my loan?

Renewing your loan is now easier than ever. Log in to Primo Search to access your Library record and follow the instructions in this video.