UTS Library

How to Search

The Library search box provides one stop searching for items from the UTS Library collection as well as millions of electronic articles from many, though not all, of the individual databases, provided by UTS Library.

What am I searching?

Library search defaults to searching everything:

  • Print and electronic books, journals, streaming AV, DVDs owned or subscribed to by UTS Library
  • Millions of journal, newspaper and magazine articles, book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, book reviews, and some streaming AV from online databases

Choose UTS Catalogue to limit your search to physical materials (books, DVDs) located in UTS Library, and digital items subscribed to by UTS.

Select Articles & eResources to exclude print materials from your search and locate articles and other electronic resources. This search covers most, but NOT ALL, databases subscribed to by the Library. If you want specialised information sources or are seeking a comprehensive search of available literature, search our subject specific databases, or view your subject area’s study guides.

Search Hints

  • Use the facets on the left of the search results screen to refine your search
  • Sign in to manage your search results, save lists of favourites, personalise your search results and see all features available to you

Finding Resources for your subject

The library holds a variety of print and online resources which have been selected by your lecturer, including eReadings (digitised articles, book excerpts and lecture notes), Reserves (physical books available on Level 7 of the Library) and past exam papers (where they have been made available).

Visit the Subject Resources page for more information.

Accessing resources

Once you’ve found resources you need, there are a number of options to view or get the items.
For online material select Available Online. If the item is available in more than one database, select the best option from the View Online list, noting the dates each databases covers.
For print material make a note of the location and call number under Available at

How to search - make a note of the location and call number

Older print material is held in the Library Retrieval System. For these items, follow the link to Request the material. It will be retrieved by library staff and you will be alerted when the item is available for pick up from the Reserve area on Level 7.

How to search - request from the LRS  

If an item is on loan, you can place a request to recall the item. You will be alerted when the item is returned.

What if I can’t find what I want?

If you are not getting the results you need from the search, try:

For additional tips and guides on how to get the most out of Primo VE (the Library Catalogue) including searches and exporting results to bibliographic software visit the ExLibris End User Help page. The information contained on this page is generic to Primo VE and not endorsed or approved by UTS or UTS Library.

InterLibrary Loan

UTS staff and postgraduate students can also request materials from another library, via our ILL form.

All UTS staff and students, including undergraduates, can use our Article Request form to have digital copies of journal articles sent via email.

Eligible staff and students must sign in to access this service

Purchase Request

UTS staff and students may also request the Library purchases new books if they are not already held in the collection through the Ordering New Material form. As a preference the Library will purchase electronic copies where available.

Eligible staff and students must sign in to access this service