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March 30, 2021

The best ways to borrow and manage library items

Your library is open and buzzing with new students! We know many of you haven’t been on campus for a long time, and we’re excited to welcome you back.

Over the past year, we have made some exciting updates online and on campus to how you can access our collection. There are lots of ways you can borrow and manage library items, whether you’re studying on campus or in the Cloud.

Borrow library items

Use the Deakin Borrow app   

Find the item you want on the shelf, open Deakin Borrow on your phone and scan the barcode. Three steps, and you’ve borrowed a library item! The first time you download Deakin Borrow, you’ll need to scan your Deakin Card ID or enter the number to log in.

Deakin Borrow also lets you view your account and manage your loans and holds.

Use ‘Click and Collect’

If you’re browsing the collection online and find an item you want, select the ‘Request It’ button. If you’re a campus-based student, you can then choose to click and collect the item at your local campus. If you’re a Cloud, PhD or Disability Resource Centre-registered student, you can request free postal delivery.

Click and collect dropdown where you select your location

Use self-checkouts on campus

Each library has at least one self-checkout machine that offers step-by-step instructions to guide you through. Just remember to physically distance while waiting in the queue, and maintain good hygiene before and after using the shared surface.

Manage your borrowed items

Visit ‘My Account’ on the library website

In addition to the Deakin Borrow app, you can visit this section of our website to see the items you have on hold, check due dates for loaned items, browse your favourite searches and explore your reading history.

Just make sure you’ve opted in to your reading history to keep a record of all the items you’ve borrowed throughout your time at Deakin!

Return items on time

Most general loans in the library are now automatically renewed, which means as long as no one else has requested the item you borrowed, it’ll be renewed a few days before it’s due! You should receive an email confirming your new due date or letting you know that the item has to be returned if it was requested by another user.

Loan periods table, also available on our website on the 'Borrow from our libraries' webpage

Loan periods vary depending on your student cohort and the type of item you borrow. You can find out more on our ‘Borrow from our libraries’ page.

Happy browsing!

Whether it’s print books, journals, audio-visual materials, electronic resources or streaming videos – the library has you covered with millions of resources that will support your study. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you might have, and explore our ‘Skills for study’ page for some of our favourite tips and tricks to get you started in your research.

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