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Showing posts with label loans. Show all posts
Showing posts with label loans. Show all posts

6 March 2017

Borrowing basics


Now that you’ve been to your first week of classes, you may be thinking about how to find a copy of your textbook for those pre-tutorial readings, or even for your first assignment. In this article, Clinton Bell takes you through the process of borrowing your first book from the library!



The refurbished libraries have new loans machines

How do I find the book I want?

Start by finding it in Library Search! You can get to it via the Library tile in your my.monash portal, or use the search box halfway down the library homepage. You can find most books just by typing in the title and the surname of one of the authors.

When you find a record for the book you want, there will be a “Get it” or “View it” tab underneath it. The “View it” tab will give you a link to an electronic copy of the book, if we have one. The “Get it” tab shows you how many physical copies we have, whether they’re available, and which library collection they’re in:



If the book you want is available at your campus, you can go and get it off the shelf. To find it you’ll need the call number, which is also shown on the “Get it” tab. A call number is a bit like the number in a street address - it tells you how far along the shelves your book will be.

If the book you want is only available at a different campus or all the copies are on loan, you can place a request, and we’ll send the next available copy to the library where you want to pick it up. Make sure you’re logged in (there’s a “Sign in” button in the top right), and then you should see a “Request” button near the top of the “Get it” tab.

If you’re having trouble finding what you want, just ask the Library staff!


Okay, I found it. Now how do I borrow it?

You can borrow books using the self-check systems around the library. You need to scan your ID card, then slide the book into the cradle until the barcode on the front (not the back!) is under the scanner. The machine will go “thunk!” and the book’s title will be highlighted in green on the screen when it’s ready - it does take a second or two, so don’t pull it away too fast!

There are some items which won’t work with the self-check, for example because they’re too big, a weird shape, or they don’t have a barcode on the front. If you have one of these items, or you’re just having trouble with the machine, you can also borrow at the information point.

One of the books I want has a coloured sticker on it.   What does that mean?

If we expect a book to be in high demand, we may place limits on how long some copies can be borrowed, so that more people have a chance to read it. The stickers pictured above mark books which have these restrictions.

If a sticker has a year on it, the restriction only applies for that year, so don’t worry about stickers from 2016 or earlier!

More questions?


If you have more questions about borrowing, you can view detailed information on our website, read the FAQs on ask.monash, or ask our friendly staff in person. Happy borrowing!










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31 May 2016

Why the ‘renew all’ button is gone

Changes to the way books and other items are  renewed are discussed in this blog article.


You may have noticed that there is no longer a ‘renew all’ button when looking at your loans in Search.

The ‘renew all’ button is no longer needed, as items are automatically renewed by the Library before they are due, except for items in high demand or those requested by other users.

If you want to know when to return your loans, check your email for Library notices. We’ll send you a courtesy notice when your loans can’t be renewed again.

Automatic renewals have been introduced by the Library to stop students and staff getting unnecessary fines because they forgot to renew their loans.

For undergraduate students, regular loans are renewed every two weeks for a maximum of 14 weeks, unless someone else requests the item or you get a fine or an overdue loan on another item. If this happens, you will be notified by email that you need to return the item by a given due date.

To keep track of when your loans are due, go to Library Search and select 'Sign in' to access your details and check the due dates.

Once you are advised to return an item, you need to return it as soon as possible, as it will attract a fine once it is overdue.

Automatic renewals apply to all library users including academics, postgraduate students and external Library users. Further information about loan periods for all users is available online.




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