Current and new VU students and staff are automatically members of the VU library and can use the facilities and services provided. Offshore students and staff are also members of the library and can access a wide range of online resources. Your student or staff card is your library card and can also be used for printing, copying and paying library fines.
In certain cases, other groups such as reciprocal borrowers and external borrowers can also access library resources.
Offshore students & staff
Offshore students are automatically members of the VU library, and have access to a range of online resources, including e-books, eJournals, videos, newspapers and theses.
Please note print books cannot be sent overseas (limit your search to "Items with full text online").
If you cannot find the item you are looking for, it may be acquired through our document request service (conditions apply).
Offshore staff at partner institutions
Offshore staff who teach VU students are automatically registered to access VU Library eResources. There may be some delay due to administrative processing of employment data. For further enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org at the Library.
Visiting Melbourne & accessing the library
Offshore students and staff who come to Australia and wish to borrow books from the library need to:
- contact their onshore program coordinator to apply for Short-Term Membership Indemnity from the library
- provide contact details including their onshore address; the application form then needs to be signed by the program coordinator and an end date provided
- submit the completed form to any campus library Service Desk to be enrolled on the library management system.
Search the Library for books, journals, DVDs and multimedia collections. Some restrictions apply to materials from the Library collection (see Loan periods & fines), including journals, IELTS, off-air recordings and Reference and Audio-Visual material.
Reciprocal borrowers can access some online resources that are available via the public access catalogues. This does not include access to the VU Wireless network or general internet usage. Reciprocal borrowers are unable to borrow laptops, book library pc’s or book student study or discussion rooms.
Your My Library username is the barcode on the CAVAL or CAUL (ULANZ) card.
CAVAL is a reciprocal borrowing program that allows staff and students of participating libraries to borrow material from other participating libraries. To register you will need to bring a current staff or student card from your home institute along with a current authorised CAVAL card. Standard loan & restricted loan rules apply for non-VU members.
University Libraries of Australia and New Zealand borrowing scheme (ULANZ)
ULANZ is a borrowing scheme that allows students and staff of Australian and New Zealand universities to borrow in person from any other participating university library. The scheme is a cooperative arrangement between CAUL (Council of Australian University Librarians) and CONZUL (Council of New Zealand University Librarians).
Registration is done directly at the host institution, which provides you with a borrowing card. You will need to provide photo ID as well as proof of current enrolment/employment from your home university.
Students and staff of ULANZ members can borrow up to 10 items at any one time, with a loan period of 28 days. Items can be renewed if a hold has not been placed on them. Restricted items (reserve, overnight, or 14-day items), journals and media items cannot be borrowed.
Penalties and fines apply for late return of material. The Library may send details of overdue material or monies to your university library, which may also impose penalties.
External membership of the Library is available to:
- VU alumni
- VCE/VET students, and other secondary students attending University short courses (where the school or parent agrees to act as a guarantor)
- members of the community.
External borrowers can access some online resources that are available via the public access catalogues. This does not include access to the VU Wireless network or general internet usage.
You can search the Library for books, journals, DVDs and multimedia collections. Some restrictions apply to materials from the Library collection (see Loan periods & fines), including journals, IELTS, off-air recordings and Reference and Audio-Visual material.
Unfortunately due to publisher or vendor licensing requirements most e-books can’t be made available to External Borrowers.
Your My Library username is the barcode on the External Borrower Card.
External membership fee
- $55 (includes GST) for a 12 month membership fee.
VCE/VET students from schools participating in the Early Uni Pathways program are exempt from paying external membership fees.
Apply for external membership
You can apply for external membership at any VU Library service desk.
Please bring your photo ID and proof of residence to support your application.