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Borrowing items

Laptops for loan

The Library’s collection includes laptops and wi-fi dongles available for one-month loans to current students during semester.

It may not be possible to access these items immediately - they work just like other items in our collections. If they’re all out on loan, we’ll need to contact you to collect items once they’ve been returned from their current loan.

Please note that we're currently unable to send laptops or dongles outside Western Australia, and we don’t permit this equipment to be taken out of the state.

There's more information available about this service at ECU's FAQ page.

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've finished with your loan, you can return it to any of the ECU Campus Libraries.  After hours return chutes are located near the Library entrances. View the map to see the return chutes exact locations.


We don't fine on Main Collection items. However, if you incur a fine from a lost or damaged item, a loan laptop or a special collection item you can learn more about payments at the FAQ.

Borrowing conditions

  • Borrower - All
  • Number of Items - 100
  • Loan Period - 4 weeks / 5 automatic renewals, provided a Hold has not been placed on the item*** NOTE: Overdue items prevent automatic renewals
  • Holds - Yes - up to 30 items**
  • Overdue penalty* - See 'long overdue' information below
  • Borrower - Students and staff only
  • Number of Items - 10
  • Loan Period - 3 hours/ no renewals
  • Holds - No holds
  • Overdue penalty - $10 per hour, capped at $100
  • Overdue penalty* - See 'long overdue' information below (HUC items become long overdue after 7 days)
  • Borrower - All
  • Number of Items - 5
  • Loan Period - 30 days /1 automatic renewal, provided a Hold has not been placed on the item*** NOTE: Overdue items prevent automatic renewals
  • Holds - Yes - up to 30 items**
  • Overdue penalty* - $2 per day, capped at $20
  • Borrower - Current ECU students
  • Number of items - Up to 1 laptop and 1 dongle
  • Loan period - Up to one month, no renewals, available during semester 1 and 2 only
  • The Library has the right to recall items you may have on loan, including laptops. Please continue to monitor your student email and contact us if you have any queries about returns.
  • We are not able to send these items interstate and do not permit them to be taken outside of Western Australia
  • Holds - Yes, however please note laptops can only be lent from the Campus Library they are assigned to
  • Overdue penalty - $2 per day, capped at $20
  • Overdue penalty* - See 'long overdue' information below (laptops become long overdue after 10 days)
  • Replacement costs - Full replacement costs apply (laptop and/or accessories)
  • Currently enrolled ECU students only
  • Return in person to the Enquiries Desk from the campus you borrowed from within 28 days of check out
  • Dongles are non-renewable
  • If the dongle is not returned on the due date or upon recall, the wi-fi will be disconnected
  • Form must be filled in before lending a dongle to any student
  • Overdue fines of $2.00 per day, capped at $20.00
  • A bill for replacement will be sent to you if the dongle is not returned

*Items move to 'long overdue' status after 10 days. Long overdue items that are billed will be sent to ECU's debt collection agency and include an additional $20 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 you have on loan, including items required for the High Use Collection and laptops. 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.

For items that are damaged, lost, or not returned you will be billed a replacement cost plus a $20 processing charge (per item).

Laptops, rare or valuable books will be charged the full replacement cost.

Patrons cannot replace the item 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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