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Borrowing: Borrowing from UOW libraries

Borrowing from UOW libraries

See our Borrowing conditions page for a comprehensive breakdown of our membership types.

Watch this video to learn how to borrow at UOW libraries.

Video Transcript

Borrowing items

Use our self loan machines to borrow items from Wollongong campus, Shoalhaven campus and the CRC.

Your Subject Readings may include items available on a 2-hour or 2-day restricted loan.

Fines apply for late return of restricted loan items.

Equipment loan items

  • calculators
  • room kits for group study rooms
  • headphones
  • mouses

Regional library collections

Check the UOW libraries guide for information on borrowing at your UOW library.

Placing holds

Holds allow you to place a request on items already on loan.

To place a hold on an item, click the Hold button above the item record and follow the login prompts.

A recall notice will then be emailed to the borrower notifying them of a new due date.

You will be notified by email when the item is available for pickup and you must collect the item within 7 days.

Holds cannot be placed on items that are on loan when there are copies available for loan in the library.

Holds not available for 2-hour or 2-day restricted loans, or equipment.

Recalled items

All Library items are subject to recall. A recall occurs when a hold is placed on an item that's out on loan. An email will notify you with a revised due date.

Renewing items

Renew your items online.

General collection items can be renewed online up to 30 days after their due date. Unlimited renewals are available.

Some items, like 2-day restricted loans, equipment or recalled items, are unavailable for renewal.

You can also renew items in person or by phone (02 4221 3545).

BONUS+ items and session loans can only be renewed once.

Returning items

Wollongong Library

Office hours: Use the returns chute in the entry foyer

After hours: Return items to the after hours bin at the rear of the Library (out side the arcade, near IMB).

Post: Items can be mailed to:

Client Services
University of Wollongong Library
Locked Bag No 8813


Return items during opening hours.

Always return items to the library where you borrowed them.


You will attract fines under the following conditions:

  • Failure to return a 2-hour or 2-day restricted loan item by the due date/time.
  • Failure to return an item requested by another client (hold) or otherwise recalled by the Library by the recall date.
  • Failure to return an Inter-Library Loan item by the due date.
Fine charges
2-hour loans
  • $5 for the first hour overdue (or part thereof)
  • $1 for every additional hour (or part thereof) *
2-day loans
  • $5 for the first day overdue (or part thereof)
  • $1 for every additional day (or part thereof) *
Recalled items
  • $3 per day overdue *
Items borrowed from other libraries
  • $ 1 per day overdue*
Lost or damaged items Replacement cost plus $10 administration processing fee

* To a maximum of $30 per item

Lost/damaged replacement costs

When an item has been lost or damaged beyond repair or further use, you will be required to cover the replacement cost plus a $10 administration processing fee.

Loss of borrowing privileges

You will not be able to borrow if you have items flagged as lost on your record or outstanding fines of more than $60 (students, staff) or $10 (alumni, guests).

Paying fines

To check for any fines you owe, view your borrowing record.

Payment type Payment method
EFTPOS/credit card Wollongong Library Loans Desk (EFTPOS/Mastercard/Visa), or call us on 02 4221 3545
Cash/EFTPOS/credit card Wollongong Campus Post Office (inside UniShop)
Cheque/money order

Must be in Australian dollars, made payable to UOW Pulse. Can be posted. 

Postal payments must include name, student/staff number and invoice details.

Post to:

UOW Pulse - Library fines
PO Box U500

Students & Staff Notices will be sent to your UOW email address.
Alumni & Guests Notices will be sent to your nominated email address.
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