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Important changes to Library services

Friday, 27 March 2020


ECU is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and acting on the latest advice of the Australian Government and health authorities.

To ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and students we’ve moved a number of our services online. Our face to face service continues in a limited way.

We’re expanding our digital services to make sure we are supporting our students at this time, and encourage you to contact us with any queries, including for assistance using our wide range of online resources.

General enquiry services

  • Contact Library staff by phone or email between 8:30am-6:00pm weekdays and 10:00am-5:00pm weekends
  • Phone: (61) 8 6304 5525
  • Email:

Campus Library buildings

Access to our Libraries on Joondalup, Mount Lawley, and South West campuses is available but with some restrictions. Access is restricted to ECU staff and students only at this time, and requires your ECU ID card.

  • At Joondalup (Building 31), access is restricted to the entry level and lower level one only
  • At Mt Lawley (Building 8), access is restricted to the ground floor only
  • At South West (Building 3), access is restricted to the eLab space only

Loans and returns of books and laptops are still available (with conditions). Where access to collections is restricted, we will assist you by bringing any resources you need to Library Enquiries Desk.  We are experiencing students being unable to return books and laptops that have holds. You will be contacted by a library staff member if this happens.

Please help us to keep our Library spaces open by observing social distancing strategies: maintain 1.5 metres space between you and other people, and wash or sanitise your hands frequently.

How can I contact a Librarian?

Changes to Research Services

Borrowing and access to collections

  • Search for electronic resources via Worldsearch – use the tips sheet
  • Search the ECU A-Z list of databases for journal articles
  • Use the Library Guides to find quality information for your studies
  • Return dates are suspended at this time. We won’t be recalling any items until further notice. Please do not return any items through the after-hours chutes.
  • The Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery Service is still available for eligible students and staff, however please note that some loans may not be available as many libraries around Australia and internationally have closed access to their collections at this time.

Resources for students learning to study remotely

If you haven’t studied off campus before, this is a good opportunity to build your skills in online learning.

Moving components of your study to an online mode means you’ll be spending a lot of time in Blackboard and using Teams to collaborate with your peers and teaching staff. We’ve compiled some video resources to help you get comfortable with ECU’s learning technologies.

Additional online Library resources

The Library website is packed full of resources, so we’ve pulled out some to help you get started.

  • The Referencing Library Guide is your one-stop-shop for all referencing queries related to APA referencing, and other referencing styles used at ECU.
  • Study Essentials features four separate guides which cover Library services, digital technologies used at ECU, managing your online identity, finding the best information for your assignments and more. These are great for new students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Access hundreds of professional video courses simply by going to ‘LinkedIn Learning’ under ‘easy logins’ in the student portal.


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