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Library Essentials: Borrowing


Main Collection

The loan period is 4 weeks and you can borrow up to 100 items.


High Use Collection 

The loan period is 3 hours and you can borrow up to 10 items. No renewals.

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Smart checkout machines are easy and convenient to use.

Joondalup library: Located on level 2 (located in High Use Collection) and 3

Mt Lawley library: Located on level 1 

Library staff at the desk can also issue books.

Items can be returned at any ECU campus.

Mt Lawley and Bunbury Library: If the library is open you can return items at the front desk.

Joondalup library: Use the smart returns shelf, which will automatically remove the item from your card.

If you want to return items outside normal opening hours you can use the afterhours return chute.

You can renew Main collection items up to 5 times, provided a Hold or Recall has not been placed on the item. Items may be recalled if they need to be added to the High Use Collection. High Use Collection items, laptops and dongles can’t be renewed.


You can place a request on up to 30 items. When the item is available to collect you will be notified by email. Main collection items will be available to collect for 5 days. Laptops and Dongles need to be collected within 24hrs. Check your hold notification email for the last date you can pick up your items. If the item is not collected it will be returned to the shelf.

Overdue Items

Main Collection: When you borrow Library items, they are issued with a due date. This is so that other people have a chance to borrow these items as well. If no-one requests an item that you have borrowed it can be renewed up to five times. You may borrow the item again after this period of time, if there are no requests. Overdue items will prevent you from borrowing anything else, until the item is returned. It will also prevent your other loan items from renewing. Late items will become ‘long overdue’ after 10 days and an encumbrance will be placed on your record, restricting your access and preventing you from further borrowing. This system is to provide fair and equitable access to library items. If you have any queries please talk to library staff who can assist.

High Use Collection: Fines are $10 per hour (or part thereof), capped at $100.


Damaged and Lost Items

If an item is damaged or lost you will be billed a replacement cost plus a $20 processing charge.

There is an agreement with the Western Australian Group of University Librarians (WAGUL) that allows ECU students and staff the ability to join other university libraries in Western Australia. You can register online by filling in the registration form. Online registrations are processed Monday to Friday and may take up to 48 hours to process. If you require access more quickly please apply in person to the library you wish to borrow from.

All current ECU students are able to borrow 1 laptop for up to 30 days from any ECU campus library
Please be aware:

  • The loan period is up to 1 month, no renewals
  • Laptops are offered for loan during semester 1 and 2 only
  • We are able to hold a laptop however please note laptops can only be lent from and returned to the Campus Library they are assigned to
  • The overdue penalty is $2 per day, capped at $20
  • Full replacement costs apply (laptop and/or accessories)

In some circumstances you may be able to borrow a wi-fi dongle if you are having trouble accessing the internet.

To apply for a dongle loan you'll need to submit an online form explaining your circumstances, which will be reviewed by our staff. The application form also outlines the Conditions of Use.


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