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Borrowing items

Electronic Resources

ECU is an e-preferred library, you do not need to attend the library building to access e-resources, simply use ECU Worldsearch to locate the resources you require. For more information on using ECU Worldsearch, see the how to guide for finding materials.

Physical Resources

To borrow an item, take your selection and ECU ID to any Self Check machine located inside each of the ECU campus libraries. Once you have taken an item out, you can renew your items by logging onto My Library Account. When you are finished with your loan, you may return it to any of the ECU campus libraries.  After hours return chutes are located near the library entrances.

Loan parameters

CollectionBorrowerNumber of itemsLoan periodHoldsOverdue penalty*
Main collection
General music

4 weeks

5 automatic renewals, provided a Hold has not been placed on the item***

NOTE: Overdue items prevent automatic renewals

Yes - up to 30 items**$2 per day, capped at $20.
High Use CollectionStudents and Staff only103 hours

No renewals
No holds$10 per hour, capped at $100.
Special collections
Music special collection
Law special collection
Not for loan    
Law Society of WA Public Purposes TrustAll5

30 days

1 automatic renewal, provided a Hold has not been placed on the item***

NOTE: Overdue items prevent automatic renewals

Yes - up to 30 items**$2 per day, capped at $20.
Speech pathology kitsSpeech pathology students only107 days

No renewals
No holds$2 per day, capped at $20.
ThesesAll27 days

1 renewal (not automatic)
No holds$2.00 per day, capped at $20

*Long overdue items that billed, will be sent to ECU's debt collection agency and include an addition $10 processing charge.
** Alumni, Reciprocal and Community borrowers are unable to place holds themselves. For assistance, please see loans staff or contact Library Services.
*** Items with a hold must be returned by the due or penalties apply.

Note: Library staff may recall items required for the High Use Collection. Recalled items must be returned by the revised due date or penalties will be applied.

Please check your ECU email account regularly to make sure that you receive important information regarding your library record such as overdue items, holds to pick up, items being recalled, and fines.

Items that are damaged, lost, or not returned are billed at a standard cost of $110 per item (plus a $10 processing charge), unless a book is deemed rare or valuable, in which case the replacement cost will be charged. Patrons cannot replace a lost book with one purchased themselves. If an item is lost and paid for, then subsequently found, the Library will not accept return of the item nor refund any payment.

Borrow from other Australian University Libraries

ECU students and staff can join Curtin, Murdoch, Notre Dame and UWA libraries by registering online with the Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) for reciprocal borrowing.

Please ensure you register before you go to their library and you take your ECU ID card with you.

Online registrations are processed Monday to Friday and may take up to 48 hours for your registration to be active. If you need immediate registration please register in person at the library you wish to borrow from. When using another university libraries please remember to follow the rules of that library.

Document delivery

Postgraduate students and staff may also be entitled to use our document delivery service. Find more information here.

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