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Important changes to Library services

Friday, 03 July 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, with some changes.

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 and customer support

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

Campus Library buildings

During April and May access to Campus Libraries and services were available with some restrictions.

From 1 June we reintroduced access to all usual Library areas:

  • JO31 Levels 1-4
  • ML8 Levels 1-4 and Curiosity Studio
  • BU3 Campus Library space

Access is restricted to ECU staff and students only at this time, and requires your ECU ID card.

See the Opening hours page for Library opening hours. This page is updated with semester, inter semester break and Orientation Library opening hours.

The eLabs on all campuses will return to 24 hour access from 15 June. Remember to bring your swipe card to gain access. You can see IT counter service times and find more information at the Support and advice web page.

Loans and returns of books and laptops are available (with conditions). There's more information about loan laptops at ECU's FAQ page.

Please help us to keep our Library spaces open by maintaining 1.5 metres space between you and other people, and washing or sanitising your hands frequently.


At this time fines are not being enforced.

As we are still honouring holds we do ask that items be returned on time as normal wherever possible. If your Library items cannot be returned, please contact the Library on +61 8 6304 5525 or

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
  • We are still using the after hours chutes for returns (except laptops) and we expect students to return items when they are due as normal, if possible. If you’re unable to, contact the Library to discuss options. Laptops and dongles are being automatically renewed at this time so for return dates regarding those items please continue monitoring your student email.
  • 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.

Expanded resources

A number of vendors and publishers is providing expanded access to resources to further support online teaching, learning and research during this time. These have been compiled in a Library Guide which is being regularly updated:

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.

Don’t go it alone!

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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