Borrowing

The Library’s borrowing services with information about access to our physical and online resources to support your study and research.

Borrowing basics

  • Use your student ID card to borrow items from self service machines or service points
  • Manage your requests and loans online by signing in to your library account
  • Return items to any of our libraries
  • Pick up reserved or requested items from designated locations in each library
  • All standard items auto-renew (up to 3x) if no other borrower has placed a request

Loan periods

Undergraduate studentsLoan period
Books/AV2 weeks (auto-renew x3)
Journals2 weeks
Loan limit100 items
Postgraduate studentsLoan period
Books/AV 4 weeks (auto-renew x3)
Journals 2 weeks
Loan limit 100 items
Staff/PhD StudentsLoan period
Books/AV8 weeks (auto-renew to
maximum of 1 year)
Journals2 weeks
Loan limit200 items
AlumniLoan periods
Books/AV4 weeks
Journals2 weeks
Loan limit50 items
Privileged BorrowersLoan period
Books/AV/Journals2 weeks
Loan limit50 items

High demand items

Type Loan periods
Course reserves2 hours (3 hours for AV)
3-day loan3 days (auto renew x3)
ThesisSame day (in-library use only)
Laptop3 hours

Overdue charges

If you have an overdue recalled item, you cannot place requests or borrow any further items until you return the overdue recalled item.

TypeOverdue charges
Course Reserve$2 per hour
3-day loan$2 per day
Laptop$2 per hour
Interloan20c per day
Thesis$2 per hour
Recalled item$2 per day
Lost item$80 per item
Lost interloan item$100 per item

Renewing items

Standard items borrowed by Victoria University of Wellington staff and students will be automatically renewed.

In some cases an item cannot be renewed. These include:

  • items which have reached their renewal limit
  • items which have been requested by another borrower (recalled items).

Returning items

Return your items to any of our libraries. You do not have to return it to the library from which it was borrowed. The only exception is course reserve 2-hour loans which must be returned to the issuing library.

The Kelburn Library returns slot is available 24/7 every day of the year and is accessible from the Tim Beaglehole courtyard.

You can also post items back to us. Send them to:

Client Services
The Library
Victoria University of Wellington
P.O. Box 3438
Wellington