UTS Library

Borrowing Books

borrowing books

When you find a book you would like to borrow, you can use a self-service loans machine or you can take it to the Enquiries and Loans Desk to borrow. You will need your Student ID card.

Self-service loans

Checkout is fast, easy and private using a self-service loans machine. Follow the on-screen instructions. Date-due slips are printed automatically.

Borrowing overview

The table below shows how many books you can borrow and for how long.


Number of books I can borrow at a time

Loan period



General collection


4 weeks


$1 per day



2 hours


$5 per hour

7-day Loans


1 week


$5 per day


15 (included in General Collection total)

 1 week2 $1 per day

Postgraduate students

See Borrow & Renew for full details on borrowing privileges for Postgraduate coursework students and Postgraduate research students.

InterLibrary Loans: If a journal article isn’t available at UTS we will obtain a copy from another Library for you. Fill in the Journal article request form online.

If a book isn’t held by UTS Library, if it’s out on loan, and it is not listed in the BONUS+ Catalogue, we will borrow a copy for you from another Library. This is a free service. If the book is at a different campus, fill in the Book Request Form online.


Some books are in high demand by students. Your lecturer may place a copy in Reserve to ensure all students have access to this resource. Reserve items can be borrowed for 2 hours at a time for reading in the Library. Look up your lecturer's name or your subject number in the catalogue to access materials.


Use MyLibrary to check what items you have on loan and when they are due to be returned. You can also renew items.

Access MyLibrary from the Library homepage. UTS Staff and Students use the username and password of your activated UTS email account.

You can also reserve a book that is out on loan to another borrower.

Click the Request item button at the top of the Catalogue page, login using your name and barcode, and indicate which book you want to reserve. You will be notified by email when it’s ready to be picked up from the Enquiries and Loans Desk.

If a book is located at the other campus, you can request that it be delivered to your Campus Library. Click the Request item button, login and select the book you’d like to borrow. It will take 1-2 working days to arrive. Once it has been received by the Library, you'll be sent an email advising you that it’s ready to be picked up. Books are usually held for collection for about a week. In the Catalogue a HOLD status indicates a book is reserved.


BONUS+ gives you access to over 3 million books from the collections of participating libraries. If you check the Catalogue for a book and it’s out on loan or we don’t have a copy of it, click the BONUS+ symbol to see if it’s available at another library. If it is listed in the BONUS+ Catalogue, you can request for it to be delivered to UTS for you to borrow. Allow a week for a book to arrive at UTS, you will be notified by email when it is ready to be collected.

Returning items

You can return items you have borrowed through the Library return chutes or return bins on campus.

Reserve loans must be returned to the Loans Desk.

Return bins are located:

  1. in the foyer on the left as you enter the City Campus Library
  2. outside the City Campus Library to the left of the front doors (available 24 hours)
  3. Building 1 (Tower) Level 4 (available 24 hours)
  4. Building 10 near the lab on the ground floor


If borrowed items are not returned by the due date, Fines will apply. If your fines reach $30 or more, you will be blocked from borrowing.

The Library sends emails to remind you when items are due to be returned. You can renew loans online through MyLibrary, by telephone 9514 3666 or in person at the Enquiries and Loans Desk.

Regional and remote students

The Library will mail a copy of a book chapter or a hard copy journal article held in the Library Collection. Fill in the Off Campus Document Delivery form online.

Postgraduate students have access to InterLibrary Loans to obtain book chapters and articles not available in the Library Collection.

If you live near another university, you may also be able to become a borrower from the Library there. Check this list for Australian University Libraries that participate in this scheme. Visit the Library with proof of current enrolment. Some universities charge a fee.

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