UTS Library

Students Off Campus

This page is to assist students who wish to work on their studies from off campus. It is not specifically intended for Regional and Remote Students, but rather for those students who normally attend lectures and tutorials on campus, but who choose from time to time to work off campus.

It is also intended as a guide for lecturers and tutors, so they can inform their students about what resources and assistance the Library can provide when they are working off campus. All the services listed below are free to UTS staff and students.

Online Books and Subject related materials

Type search keywords or subject name or number into the Library Catalogue, search, and then click on the Online link in the Location section of the panel to the left of your search results. This will show all available online books and other material, and also for a subject all available e-readings and online textbooks (if any).

Journal articles and other online information

There are two ways to looks for online journal articles:

  1. Click on the Find Articles link on the Library Home Page. Type your search keywords, search, and then click on the Online Resources link at the top of the panel to the left of your search results. The green Full text available link beneath each result gives access the full text of that article. Modify search results either by (a) ticking the Search within results box and adding extra keywords; or (b) clicking on one of the limits in the panel to the left of the search results (for example, Peer Reviewed).
  2. Click on the Find Databases link on the Library Home Page. Choose a subject area and then a specific database, and search. Full text articles are usually indicated by a red pdf icon beneath a search result. If you don't see a pdf icon, click on the SFX link next to the search result to check if full text is available in a different database.

Many databases have online material other than journal articles, such as videos, images, statistics, standards, company and industry data and reports, law reports and so on.

If you search the Library Catalogue and click on the title of a journal in your search results, you will see the Request Item icon at the bottom of the full record. If the article you need is not available online, but is only available in print, you can use Request Item to get a copy of the article emailed to you as a pdf.

Postgraduate and Honours students, and staff, can also request journal articles if not available at UTS Library via the Library's InterLibrary Loans service. These are also emailed as pdf attachments.

Study Guides, Study Skills

Study Guides provide online guidance about useful resources for different topics and often have online tutorials for specific topics. Study Skills assist with specific study needs: for example there is an Academic Writing Guide, a Referencing Guide, and an Assignment Survival Kit, amongst many others.

Online Tutorials

The LIbrary has a YouTube Channel which has many online tutorials about using the library and its online resources.

Requesting material to be brought to the Library for you

If you search the Library Catalogue and click on the title of a book (or AV material etc) in your search results, the full catalogue record opens. At the bottom of this window you will see a Request Item link and a BONUS+ link. You can use Request Item to reserve an item that is currently on loan. You will be notified by email when the item is ready for you to pick up.

You can use the BONUS+ link to check a number of other libraries for your book. If there is an available copy, it will be sent to UTS Library for you to borrow. You are notified by email when the book is ready for you to collect. This is a free service.

Postgraduate and Honours students, and staff, can also request books and other material if not held at UTS Library via the Library's InterLibrary Loans service.

Renewing material online, Paying fines online

If you have items on loan that are due to be returned to the Library, you can renew them online via the MyLibrary link in the Quick Links section of the Library home page. Items can be renewed up to 12 times. Note that you cannot renew an item that has been requested by another person, these must be returned by the due date.

You can also use the MyLibrary section to pay any outstanding library fines online. If you think you have been unjustly fined, you can submit an appeal online at our Fines page

Ask a Librarian for help

You can ask us for help via email or from our website via Answers; or chat to a librarian directly via online chat. Questions asked via email or Answers will be answered within one working day; online chat gets an answer straight away but only during certain hours and only during Spring and Autumn Sessions: Monday - Thusday 1pm - 8pm; Friday 1pm - 5pm.